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Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson

Major League Baseball catcher and Butte native, Rob Johnson signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.

He had been a free agent for the past couple of weeks before being picked up by the 2011 World Series champions, who also made it to the NLCS this past October.

The 2001 Butte Central graduate spent last season with the New York Mets. His season ended early due to a thumb injury.

Johnson confirmed on his Facebook page two weeks ago that his thumb had healed and he will enter spring training at 100 percent health.

He went 13-for-52 at the plate last season with the Mets, for a batting average of .250.

He spent the 2011 season with the San Diego Padres, appearing in 67 games.

In 2010 Johnson joined the Seattle Mariners, which claimed him in the fourth round of the 2004 amateur draft.

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