The Rays reassigned Johnson to their minor-league camp Sunday. Johnson impressed in Grapefruit League play with a .316 average and .381 on-base percentage across 16 games, but his status as non-roster player likely hurt his chances of breaking camp with the big club. He'll presumably settle into a full-time role in the infield at Triple-A Durham to begin the upcoming campaign.
Johnson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs in Wednesday's 9-3 Grapefruit League win over the Pirates. Johnson took Pirates stater Ivan Nova deep in the fourth for his first round tripper of spring, checking off yet another box in what has been a strong exhibition slate overall. The 27-year-old continues to make a strong case for a reserve infield spot, with Wednesday's homer pushing his spring average to .381 over 25 plate appearances.
Johnson was outrighted to Triple-A Durham on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Rays needed room on the 40-man roster for reliever Sergio Romo, and Johnson wound up being the roster casualty. The utility man appeared in the majors each of the past three seasons, but he hasn't hit higher than .230 in any of those stints. He'll likely pose as an organizational depth piece unless injuries ravage the Rays' position players.
Johnson was designated for assignment Monday, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. In an effort to create more space on the 40-man roster, the Giants opted to designate Johnson for assignment. Johnson spent most of the 2017 season at Triple-A Gwinnett, where he hit .289 with a .777 OPS over 40 games. Johnson does have some experience in the majors, but he's looked overmatched in those opportunities. Over 61 games in his career, Johnson has slashed .224/.291/.259.
Johnson was claimed off waivers by the Giants on Monday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Johnson will head to San Francisco after being designated for assignment for the second time in as many weeks (first by the Braves, then the Reds). Johnson spent most of his injury-shortened season in the minors, compiling a .295/.386/.396 line across 45 games. He spent brief time with the Braves as well, serving mostly as a pinch hitting or pinch runner and going just 2-for-10 (.200) with four strikeouts. He'll try and earn himself a role as the Giants' utility man in 2018.