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Kenji Johjima | Catcher

Team: International Player
Age / DOB:  (38) / 6/8/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Former Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima has signed with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League.
The 33-year-old walked away from the nearly $16 million remaining on his Mariners' contract in order to return to Japan. He considered returning to his former club, the Softback Hawks of the Pacific League, but ultimately signed a four-year deal with the Tigers worth approximately $21 million. Tue, Oct 27, 2009 08:50:00 AM

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Kenji Johjima's agent confirmed Monday evening that the Mariners won't have to pay a dime of the $16 million remaining on his client's contract.

In case there were still any doubters out there. "He walks completely on his contract here, and we start fresh,'' the agent, Alan Nero said Monday. "He's made this decision without regard to financial consequence. He's a free agent in Japan, and I'll negotiate the best offer I can." Johjima opted out of his contract with the Mariners in a surprise move Monday afternoon.
Mon, Oct 19, 2009 07:20:00 PM

General manager Jack Zduriencik clarified details on Kenji Johjima opting out of his contract, explaining that the Mariners did not pay him a buyout.

Original reports had Seattle compensating Johjima an undisclosed amount for leaving the final two years and $16 million of his contract on the table to return to Japan, but Zduriencik made it clear that wasn't a factor. He added that the Mariners could be in the market for a catcher if they decide not to simply turn the position over to prospect Adam Moore and Rob Johnson.
Mon, Oct 19, 2009 02:35:00 PM

Kenji Johjima announced Monday that he's opting out of the final two seasons of his contract with the Mariners to resume his career in Japan.

According to Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune, Johjima came to an undisclosed buyout agreement with the Mariners after being told that he'd likely be a backup in 2010. Seattle will be off the hook for the final two years and $16 million on the ill-advised contract extension that Johjima received from former general manager Bill Bavasi, which is very good news given that he's 33 years old and hit just .235/.284/.361 over the past two seasons. As of now Rob Johnson and prospect Adam Moore are atop the Mariners' catching depth chart.
Mon, Oct 19, 2009 01:01:00 PM

Kenji Johjima was diagnosed with an elbow contusion Thursday afternoon and could miss the remainder of the season.

Adam Moore is likely to play out the year as the Mariners' catcher. Johjima has hit .251 this season with nine homers and 22 RBI in 235 at-bats.
Thu, Oct 1, 2009 07:58:00 PM

Kenji Johjima returned to action on Tuesday and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Johjima had Sunday off because of a bruised left knee.
Wed, Sep 23, 2009 03:56:00 AM

Kenji Johjima is getting Sunday off while dealing with a bruised left knee.

Rob Johnson is also banged up for the Mariners, so Adam Moore is getting the start behind the plate. Johjima and Johnson both figure to be available later this week.
Sun, Sep 20, 2009 03:15:00 PM

Kenji Johjima delivered a two-run homer as the Mariners topped the White Sox 6-4 on Monday night.

The White Sox battled back from a deficit to take a lead in the top of the sixth, but the Mariners tied it in the bottom half of the inning on a solo homer from Russell Branyan and took a permanent lead two at-bats later on a two-run shot by Johjima. It was just the third homer of the season for the Seattle backstop, who is sadly putting up very similar numbers to his disappointing 2008 campaign.
Tue, Aug 11, 2009 01:29:00 AM

Mariners activated catcher Kenji Johjima from the 15-day disabled list.

Johjima spent exactly one month recovering and rehabbing from a broken toe. He'll return to a .250/.275/.386 batting line, three home runs and 10 RBI.
Fri, Jun 26, 2009 06:48:00 PM

Kenji Johjima (broken toe) will be activated from the disabled list on Friday and will start that day's game against the Dodgers.

Johjima was placed on the DL on May 26. He made a quick recovery after the club initially expected him to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks. Johjima batted .250/.275/.386 with three home runs and 10 RBI before being shelved.
Thu, Jun 25, 2009 03:23:00 PM

Kenji Johjima (broken toe) is scheduled to catch a full nine innings Thursday for Triple-A Tacoma.

If Johjima can get through the frames without incident it'll increase the chances of him being activated this weekend. He was hitting .250/.275/.386 with three home runs and 10 RBI before he was sidelined.
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 10:52:00 AM

Kenji Johjima went 1-for-4 Sunday as Triple-A Tacoma's designated hitter.

Johjima is slowly racking up innings behind the plate, but wasn't used at all in that fashion Sunday. "I would still like to see him catch a full nine or close to that," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "We'll try to give him some good work on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday." He could return to the M's next weekend.
Mon, Jun 22, 2009 10:00:00 AM

Kenji Johjima played five innings Saturday with Triple-A Tacoma.

Johjima is working back from a broken right toe. Manager Don Wakamatsu said last week that he wants his catcher to play all nine innings before he's activated, so look for his minor league rehab assignment to last a few more days.
Sun, Jun 21, 2009 09:35:00 AM

Kenji Johjima (toe) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday instead of Friday after experiencing discomfort in his broken toe.

Johjima will see a doctor and work out with the Mariners on Friday. "He feels a little bit in the toe from some of the drills he did yesterday," manager Don Wakamatsu said. "We want to make sure he's 100 percent. We'll know more after that game he catches on Saturday. We still want him to catch nine before he's activated."
Thu, Jun 18, 2009 04:36:00 PM

Kenji Johjima (toe) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tacoma this weekend.

Johjima did some pregame running and hitting with teammates this afternoon. "It is good, no pain," he said after his workout. "This is the first time I did any hitting on the field and I felt no pain. I did some easy running and that was fine." He's hoping to return to the Mariners by the middle of next week.
Tue, Jun 16, 2009 10:50:00 PM

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