Johnson's deal includes mutual option

Updated: December 23, 2009, 8:09 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Nick Johnson was surprised the New York Yankees wanted him back.

"Mark Teixeira's a great first baseman and a great player," he said. "I just thought there'd be no chance."

Johnson became the second player in two days to return to pinstripes, finalizing a $5.75 million, one-year contract Wednesday to be a designated hitter and No. 2 batter.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman called Johnson "a cheaper alternative at the DH slot" and "one of the better offensive-oriented ...

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