The Atlanta Braves have swung another trade, acquiring infielder Micah Johnson from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. Johnson was recently designated for assignment to make room for the signing of Kenley Jansen.
Johnson, 26, was a former 9th round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox out of Indiana University. Johnson broke into the majors in 2015 with the White Sox, before being dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the three team blockbuster that sent Todd Frazier to the White Sox. Johnson has struggled to earn a full time role in the major leagues and will seek to earn a bench role in Atlanta.
Johnson played just seven games with the Dodgers and 36 with the White Sox. Over those two years, Johnson hit .226 with four uns batted in and thrre stolen bases. Known for his speed and contact hitting, Johnson projects as a top of the order or bottom of the order hitter in Atlanta should he make the roster. A second baseman by trade, Johnson has outfield experience as well.
The Dodgers have now moved on from the second of three pieces they acquired in the Frazier deal. Frankie Montas was dealt to the Oakland Athletics in a deal for Rich Hill at last years trade deadline, and now only Trayce Thompson remains in Los Angeles. The Cincinnati Reds still have their pieces they acquired (Jose Peraza, Scott Schebler and Brandon Dixon) and the White Sox also still have Todd Frazier.