Johnson was a hitting machine with adequate defensive skills. His first year in the majors was 2005 in which he played 109 gms. at firstbase with a BA of .275 and a slg. .451. The next year Johnson came up twice and struggled hitting .235 with a Slg. .381. 2007 was suppose to be his break-out year but a torn labrum (hip) and then bruised fingers found him struggling at the plate and for playing time, he hit .235 with a .419 Slg.. Johnson became the odd man out and A's released him at the end of spring training. He was quickly picked-up off waivers by the Rays to start the season. Now the Rays have placed him on waivers to make room for the newly acquired Gabe Gross. Johnson is only 28 y/o and bats lefty with a very high ceiling, if he could find a team that believes in him he has the potential to take off. The biggest concern would be who goes to make room, sure until Alou returns it would be Clark but then who goes Easley, Anderson or Pagan, maybe a reliever............
9. Dan Johnson: Hitting .305/.396/.527 at Triple-A Sacramento. He's ready.
Can he find a place to play? source John Sickels Minor league report 5/13/05
To make room for newly acquired OF Gabe Gross, the Rays have designated for assignment Johnson, a 1B/DH who had just joined them Tuesday after being claimed on waivers from Oakland. source Tampbay.com
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