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Return of the Ninja

Koyie Hill, Reed Johnson to return
By Bruce Levine

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs and backup catcher Koyie Hill avoided arbitration, while the team also signed outfielder Reed Johnson to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

Hills gets a one-year deal for $850,000, while the team did not reveal Johnson's contract details.

Hill, 31, has spent the past four seasons in the Cubs organization, backing up Geovany Soto the past two. He batted .214 with one home run and 17 RBIs last season.

Johnson, 34, returns to the Cubs after a season with the Dodgers. He played in Chicago from 2008-09 and batted .287. He's a lifetime .281 hitter who plays primarily left and center field.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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My enthusiasm for the 2011 season has just increased tenfold. :-D
I just read this in class and am having a hard time containing my excitement lol. Yaaaay!
The team did not reveal Reed's contract details..ninja contracts cannot be disclosed under penalty of death.

So, now we have a new first baseman in Carlos Pena, a new starter in Matt Garza (I think we gave up too much for him though), Kerry Wood back as a setup man, Ninja potentially returning as the 5th outfielder..maybe some other minor moves here or there, but the current roster is probably 99% of what we're going to training camp with.
YESS!!! my icon makes sense again!