Dodgers acquire an Elliot Johnson & cuts have the bullpen taking shape

The Dodgers acquired Elliot Johnson from the Rangers for cash money, according to Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. But what is an Elliot Johnson, right? Right. Johnson is a utility infielder who can play (sort of) every position on the diamond except pitcher and catcher, but primarily sticks to shortstop, second base, and third base. That sounds useful, but he’s...
Via Dodgers Digest
April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Johnson Serving Utility Role in Columbus with Eye Toward Bigs

Since his call-down in May, Elliot Johnson has continued to bring versatility, consistency and veteran experience to the Clippers lineup in more ways than the average player on the roster. Johnson was signed by the Cleveland Indians as a free agent in January after spending the first part of the 2013 season with the Kansas City Royals and he was claimed off the waivers by the Atlanta...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians roster moves: Elliot Johnson DFA’d, Josh Tomlin to start Tuesday

The Indians announced a series of roster moves on Saturday afternoon, highlighted by the DFA of utility man Elliot Johnson and the planned promotion of Josh Tomlin to start on Tuesday. Today as well, starting catcher Yan Gomes was placed on the three-day paternity list. His wife Jennifer, the daughter of former major league Atlee Hammaker, gave birth to a daughter named Brooklyn...
Via Waiting For Next Year
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Tomlin starting, Gomes has baby and Johnson demoted

CLEVELAND -- The suspense about who will be the Indians new fifth starter is over as Terry Francona announced before Saturday's game against Chicago that Josh Tomlin will take the hill on Tuesday against Minnesota. In Tomlin's recent outing last Thursday, the right-hander pitched a complete-game, three-hitter with no walks and 10 strikeouts as Columbus defeated Durham 3-0. Tomlin...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB’s new catch interpretation is begging to be exploited

I got into an argument over MLB’s new (old?) interpretation of what is a catch when Elliot Johnson “caught” a fly ball, took two steps, came up against the outfield wall and then dropped the ball as he attempted to throw the ball into the infield. It wasn’t ruled an out because the “definition of a catch” apparently includes a transfer, even for an outfielder who has...
Via Waiting For Next Year
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians' Johnson disagrees with results of controversial replay challenge

CLEVELAND -- Elliot Johnson got his second start of the season in right field during the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against San Diego, but Wednesday was one of those days that he would like to quickly move on from. Johnson was involved in a controversial replay challenge during the first inning and then was unable to move over the potential tying run during the eighth...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Vinnie Pestano and Elliot Johnson make Tribe’s 25-man roster

  Vinnie Pestano may have spent last fall as an outsider looking in, but he will get a chance at redemption this summer as the right-handed reliever has officially made the Cleveland Indians’ 25-man roster. Pestano was told this weekend that he will be one of the arms in the Tribe’s bullpen on Opening Day—a spot that was all but certain heading into Spring Training. Last season...
Via Waiting For Next Year
March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Elliot Johnson the Next Ryan Raburn?

Although the above title is unfair (it's unlikely that lightning will strike the same bottle twice or whatever they say), it is an interesting preposition. Elliot Johnson is actually coming from an even lower place than Raburn as he has never been a solid starter and even when given a chance, was never able to make anything of it. In his best season, 2012, he played in 123 games...
Via Burning River Baseball
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians, INF Elliot Johnson agree to minor deal

Versatile free agent infielder Elliott Johnson has agreed to a minor league contract with the Indians that includes an invitation to big league spring training camp. The 29-year-old split last season between Kansas City and Atlanta. He batted .261 with five doubles, two triples and 10 RBIs as the Braves regular second baseman over the final five weeks. He was claimed off waivers...
Via Associated Press
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves cut Johnson, Janish, Martinez

Second baseman Elliot Johnson, third baseman Paul Janish and right-hander Cristhian Martinez became free agents when the Atlanta Braves failed to offer 2014 contracts on Monday night. Johnson batted .261 with 10 RBIs in 92 at-bats this year, when he earned $520,500. Janish hit .171 with two RBIs in 41 at-bats and made $725,000. After pitching in relief on April 3 and 6, Martinez...
Via Associated Press
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

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