Johnson was released from minor league camp on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The 36-year-old former first baseman tried to reinvent himself as a knuckleball pitcher before the Rays released him. Johnson signed a minor league deal with Tampa Bay earlier this month after seeing 21 plate appearances for the Cardinals in 2015. Johnson previously played 81 games for the Rays spanning from 2008 to 2011, mainly as a first baseman. The chances of another team signing Johnson this late in the spring are pretty slim.
Johnson signed a minor league deal with the Rays on Saturday as a knuckleball pitcher, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The veteran Johnson spent his entire major league career as a first baseman and designated hitter, but after logging a mere 15 big league at-bats with the Cardinals last season, he will try to make the transition to pitcher. According to Topkin's report, Johnson is in the Rays' minor league camp but needs to pass his physical before his deal is made official.
Johnson has elected to become a free agent, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports. Johnson managed just 19 at-bats with the Cardinals in 2015 and the 36-year-old hasn't seen more than 100 at-bats in a season since 2011. He could sign a minor-league deal with another club this offseason, but he's unlikely to become fantasy relevant so late in his career.
The Cardinals have outrighted first baseman Dan Johnson and pitcher Marcus Hatley to Triple-A Memphis. Both players were designated for assignment last week.
The Cardinals recalled infielder Greg Garcia from Triple-A Memphis on Thursday after placing left fielder Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list. The team also designated first baseman Dan Johnson for assignment to clear a spot on the 25- and 40-man rosters for Brandon Moss, who was acquired in a trade with the Indians.
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