Marlins sign Chris Johnson, Edwin Jackson, designate two for assignment

The Marlins have signed infielder Chris Johnson and reliever Edwin Jackson to one-year contracts. Johnson, 31, split time between the Braves and Indians last season. He offers depth at the corner infield positions but his bat did not prove to be beneficial last season. He is coming off a season in which he hit just .255/.286/.337 with three homers and 18 RBI in 83 games. The Marlins...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

AP source: Chen, Johnson agree to terms with Marlins

MIAMI (AP) A person close to the negotiations says left-hander Wei-Yin Chen and infielder Chris Johnson have agreed to terms with the Miami Marlins. The person confirmed the deals to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because they hadn't been announced. The person says Chen agreed to a five-year contract. The veteran adds needed depth to the rotation behind...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Hot Stove: Reactions to lots of Indians tweets

On Wednesday, I wrote I was frustrated as the Indians merely talked while other clubs were taking action. As is oft to happen during the hot stove season, a rumor came out almost immediately after posting about my frustration that the Indians are in deep conversations about acquiring third baseman Todd Frazier from the Cincinnati Reds. Again, it is merely rumor and discussions, but...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Will Chris Johnson Spend 2016 in Cleveland?

Sometimes, a simple change of scenery is all that is needed to take a struggling player and turn him into a productive one. Or maybe, with the two men Chris Johnson was replacing on the Indians roster when Cleveland acquired him from Atlanta at the beginning of August this past season, he just looked that much better compared to the bloated contracts and statistically starved Nick...
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November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

ICYMI at DTTWLN – October 12 to October 18

Every Monday at 11 AM, we will bring you a recap of all of the stories you may have missed over the previous week, complete with all necessary links. Our offseason coverage continued with a look back at some of the positives of the 2015 season. On Monday, Craig Gifford looked back on the acquisitions of Abraham Almonte and Chris Johnson and the benefits of a fresh start in Cleveland...
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October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

New Faces Benefited From Fresh Starts

Sometimes, the best thing to happen for a struggling athlete is to get a change of scenery. That scenario certainly paid off for a pair of players, who were in vastly different points in their careers. This past season, Chris Johnson and Abraham Almonte both left situations in which they were struggling to get much going on the baseball field. After arriving in Cleveland, each player...
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October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

9/19 Recap: At Least the Clippers are Champions

 Player of the Game The Indians couldn’t get anything together against Carlos Rodon today, but in the ninth they had a little life when Yan Gomes doubled and Chris Johnson brought him home with a home run to very deep center field. For this, Johnson wins his first Player of the Game with the Indians. Feathers Up Considering how well he pitched in the first three innings, it’s...
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September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

9/13 Game 1 Recap: Tribe Terrorize Tigers

Player of the Game Francisco Lindor continues to impress everyone with his all around play. Today he went 2 for 4 with 2 runs batted in. Notable mentions: Abraham Almonte (2 for 3, 2 runs scored, 1 stolen base), Chris Johnson (3 for 4, 2 runs batted in). Feathers Up Cody Anderson wasn’t as sharp as he had been in his previous two starts but he found a way to get out of jams...
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September 13, 2015  |  Discuss

9/1 Recap: Home Runs Not Enough for Tribe

Roster Update: Happy September 1st, MLB teams! You may now have up to 40 players on your Major League rosters. In celebration, the Indians have brought Chris Johnson and Gavin Floyd off the DL (the latter will be used out of the bullpen) and have promoted Shawn Armstrong from AAA. He played some for the Indians in August and was extremely successful out of the pen. Player of the...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians to add Chris Johnson, Gavin Floyd, and Shawn Armstrong back to active roster

Finally. Let’s talk about some members of the Indians organization making moves that don’t involve waving goodbye at the Canadian border. On Tuesday, September 1, when MLB team rosters expand from 25 players to 40, the Indians are expected to add players from both the disabled list and minor leagues. The first to come off the disabled list is infielder Chris Johnson, who went...
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September 01, 2015  |  Discuss

How Will The Tribe’s Expanded Roster Look?

On Tuesday, September 1, the MLB roster capacity will expand from 25 to 40. This will give the Indians, and every other major league baseball team, the ability to add to their active roster. As it sits right now, the Indians have 41 men listed on their 40 man roster. However, because Gavin Floyd and Nick Hagadone are on the team’s 60-Day disabled list, they do not count against...
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August 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves offense is still bad – but in a different way

By Joe Lucia In 2014, the Atlanta Braves offense was a horror show. For the year, they hit just .241/.305/.360. The club’s .296 wOBA was fourth-worst in baseball (ahead of just the Phillies, Reds, and Padres), and their 87 wRC+ was fifth-worst (ahead of those three aforementioned teams and the Arizona Diamondbacks). They scored just 573 runs, the second-lowest total in baseball...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The Good, The Okay, and The Weird: Indians’ Injury Round-Up

Of all the issues plaguing the Indians this season (ice-cold bats, lagging attendance, sometimes-snarky tweets), pesky injuries are certainly among the most confounding. But, in the midst of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox, a few key players are working their ways back into the lineup. And one player is, well, dealing with a unique injury that reads like the pages...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

8/18 Recap: Hey, You Sunk My Manship!

Roster Moves: Chris Johnson continues to be bothered by a secondary infection in his left hand stemming from a spider bite he received in Minnesota and has been placed on the 15 day disabled list retroactive to August 15th. In his place, Jason Kipnis has been activated off the 15 Day DL although he wasn’t in the starting lineup. He was initially placed on the DL on August 3rd with...
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August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians’ Chris Johnson to miss games with spider bite

By Darryn Albert Here’s one that will make Tobey Maguire do a double take. Newly acquired Indians infielder Chris Johnson was forced out of the lineup on Saturday and Sunday against the Minnesota Twins. The culprit for Johnson’s sudden absence? A suspected bite from a spider. According to a weekend report by the Associated Press, Johnson awoke at the team hotel on Saturday...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians' Chris Johnson sent to hospital after spider bite

The newest member of the Cleveland Indians missed two games this weekend for a very odd reason. Johnson, who was recently acquired in a trade with the Braves, believes he was bitten by a spider while staying at the team hotel in Minnesota. The Tribe utility man said he woke with what appeared to be a spider bite on his left hand Saturday morning and was treated at the stadium. Johnson...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians' Chris Johnson sustains spider bite - superpowers possible?

Cleveland Indians third baseman Chris Johnson was unavailable for Sunday's game after sustaining a nasty spider bite on his finger. Johnson said he would keep the team updated on whether he develops any superpowers. Spider-Man developed his superpowers after being bitten by a spider, could Johnson do the same? He would be a super baseball player - at least the Indians medical staff...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians infielder Chris Johnson sidelined by … spider bite?

By Jason Rowan Cleveland Indians infielder Chris Johnson missed his second consecutive game on Sunday due to issues stemming from what he suspects is a spider bite suffered at the team hotel during a weekend series on the road against the Minnesota Twins. Johnson arrived at the ballpark on Saturday with what appeared to be a pimple on his left index finger, but team trainers...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

New Look Tribe Sees Attendance Spike

Much attention has been paid to the Indians recent roster moves, particularly the trade of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn to Atlanta for Chris Johnson, and the subsequent offensive increase, but there has been another increase that went less noticed. Playing against the Twins and Yankees for six games, the Indians had their highest attended home stand of the season. Below is a break...
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August 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 10 Second Half Surprises Since 2005

Abraham Almonte and Chris Johnson have had the luck to have some of their best games ever in their first games for the Tribe this year particularly for Almonte, who’s 2 home runs and four RBI in two games are near enough to his best season totals of three and 15 in 59 games last year. This unexpected early return brings to mind many others who have produced at a similar or greater...
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August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Johnson Showing Trade Could Be Even Better Than Initially Thought

Last week when Cleveland Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti found a way to trade away both Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn and get a Major League Baseball player in return, it felt like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat or David Copperfield performing one of his famous escape tricks. Swisher and Bourn were both overpaid and under-performing veterans who seemed like their...
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August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Chopcast: Trade with Indians provides Braves more flexibility in 2017

The Atlanta Braves pulled off another trade over the weekend, swapping struggling third baseman Chris Johnson to the Indians for costly veterans Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher. Zach Dillard and Cory McCartney discuss the deal, Shelby Miller's poor run support and more.
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August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Trade Johnson to Indians for Swisher & Bourn

Over the weekend the Atlanta Braves sent third baseman Chris Johnson to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for outfielders Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher along with cash considerations. The Braves have been desperately trying to rid themselves of the under performing and overpaid Johnson for months and finally struck a deal to accomplish just that. Unfortunately Bourn and Swisher...
August 09, 2015  |  Discuss

O-H Bye Bros: Indians trade Swisher, Bourn, cash to Braves for Chris Johnson

While the 2015 Cleveland Indians season has been absolutely disappointing, Mark Shapiro and Chris Antonetti apparently have used such frustrations as an impetus to start an overhaul on the team. The infrastructure rebuild started before the MLB trade deadline when David Murphy and Marc Rzepczynski were shipped off to contenders for prospects. However, such trades were merely appetizers...
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August 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Bourn returns to the National League East as Indians, Braves complete trade

View image | Former Phillies outfielder Michael Bourn is headed back to the National League East. According to New York Post baseball columnist Joel Sherman, Bourn, along with outfielder Nick Swisher and cash considerations, have been dealt to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for 30-year-old infielder Chris Johnson. #Braves...
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August 07, 2015  |  Discuss
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