Johnson relayed Saturday via his personal Twitter account that he agreed to a contract Saturday with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league.
A first-round selection of the Cubs in 2012, Johnson received his first cup of coffee in the majors in 2017 before sticking around on a permanent basis as a member of the Giants organization last season. Over his 37 appearances out of the bullpen, Johnson submitted a 5.56 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 43.2 innings. Those poor numbers resulted in him being outrighted off the 40-man roster in November and likely would have forced him to settle for a minor-league deal this offseason had he elected to remain in North America. Instead, he'll head overseas in 2019 on what is presumably a far more lucrative offer than he would have fetched stateside.
Johnson elected free agency after being outrighted from San Francisco's 40-man roster, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Johnson appeared in 37 games for the Giants in 2018, logging a 5.56 ERA and 1.37 WHIP with a 36:22 K:BB across 43.2 innings of relief. The 27-year-old will look to latch on with a new organization this winter.
Johnson was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
With Sacramento's season coming to an end Monday, the Giants will bring Johnson aboard along with fellow Triple-A hurlers Steven Okert and Casey Kelly to provide some bullpen depth throughout September. Johnson has previously made 31 appearances with the big club this season, posting a 5.72 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 39.1 innings.
Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
The Giants needed a roster spot with Brandon Belt (knee) returning from the disabled list, and Johnson was the one banished back to the River Cats. The right-hander has a 5.72 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 39.1 innings for the Giants this season.
Johnson was called up from Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.
In 36 innings for the Giants this season, Johnson has a 5.75 ERA and a 25:18 K:BB. He'll likely fill a low-leverage role in San Francisco.
Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
Johnson had an 8.55 ERA over his last 20 innings and a 5.75 ERA overall for the season. Kelby Tomlinson was recalled from Sacramento in a corresponding move.
Johnson was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday.
Johnson will rejoin the Giants' bullpen as a long man following Hunter Strickland's placement on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a broken right hand. Johnson owns a 5.46 ERA over 31.1 big-league innings this season.
Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Johnson tossed two scoreless innings during Friday's loss to the Dodgers after being recalled earlier in the day and returns to the River Cats after his one-day stay. First baseman Brandon Belt's (appendicitis) return from the disabled list prompted the move.
Johnson was called up to the Giants for Friday's game against the Dodgers, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Johnson's stint could be only a day, as the Giants will activate Brandon Belt (appendicitis) from the disabled list Saturday. If Johnson pitches Friday, it will likely be in mop-up action.
Johnson will be on the Giants' taxi squad Friday, which hints that he'll be called up from Triple-A Sacramento to join the bullpen, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
San Francisco won a 16-inning marathon against the Marlins on Thursday, requiring Ty Blach to throw 6.2 relief innings in the process. He might be the roster casualty as the Giants look to summon a fresh arm in his place. Johnson holds a 5.83 ERA in 23 major-league appearances this season, so if he gets the call, he'll likely serve as a mop-up type.
The Giants optioned Johnson to Triple-A Sacramento following Monday's 10-3 win over the Diamondbacks, the Associated Press reports.
Johnson tossed two scoreless innings Monday while the game was well in hand for San Francisco, lowering his ERA to 5.83 in the process. With former starter Ty Blach now on hand to work in long relief after being dropped from the rotation, Johnson became somewhat of a redundant piece in the San Francisco bullpen. The 27-year-old should receive more regular work upon returning to Sacramento, with his demotion clearing a spot on the active roster for Madison Bumgarner (finger), who is set to return from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday to make his season debut.
Johnson allowed six runs on three hits and three walks while recording just two outs in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.
Johnson was all over the place, as he threw more balls (18) than strikes (17) and had a wild pitch to go along with the three walks. The 27-year-old had been fairly reliable this season up until Wednesday, but the ugly effort pushed his ERA to an ugly 5.60.
Johnson was the winning pitcher of record after firing a scoreless inning (one walk, no strikeouts) in Monday's comeback win over the Padres.
Johnson has been a pleasant surprise for the Giants after earning a bullpen job this spring, posting a 2.57 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over 14 innings. The 26-year-old owns a 3.91 FIP due in large part to his lack of strikeouts (5.8 K/9), but he could work his way up the ladder in a bullpen that lacks reliable right-handed relievers outside of closer Hunter Strickland.
Johnson has made the Giants' Opening Day roster, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. He will be recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.
Johnson was informed that he'll be making his first Opening Day roster just two weeks after being optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. The 26-year-old -- who has just one inning of major-league experience -- is expected to occupy a long-relief role with the club to begin the season.
Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Johnson spent almost the entire 2017 season with the Cubs organization at Triple-A Iowa. He pitched 54.1 innings across 44 games, posting a 4.31 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in the process. While his control was underwhelming (27 walks), he was able to consistently log strikeouts, as he fanned 74 batters in that time.
Johnson was claimed off waivers by the Giants on Wednesday.
Once considered a top pitching prospect in the Cubs' organization, Johnson was designated for assignment last week after posting a 4.31 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 74:27 K:BB with Triple-A Iowa this season (his first working almost exclusively out of the bullpen). With this move, Johnson goes onto the Giants' 40-man roster, but it's uncertain if they have plans to use him at the big-league level over the final 11 days of the campaign.
Johnson was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Wednesday.
Johnson was dropped from the 40-man roster to open a spot for the contract selection of Thursday's starter, Jen-Ho Tseng. He was never able to get things going at Triple-A Iowa, compiling a 5.29 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 117.1 innings there over the past two seasons.
Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday.
Johnson was brought up from Iowa prior to the weekend to provide an extra arm out of the bullpen and made his MLB debut Friday against the Brewers, giving up two unearned runs over one inning. With the Cubs recalling Dylan Floro on Sunday to slot in as a long reliever, Johnson was sent back to Iowa in a corresponding move to see more regular reps out of the bullpen.
Johnson was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday.
Johnson was recalled to take the place of Jeimer Candelario, who was sent back to Triple-A earlier Wednesday. The 26-year-old owns a 3.21 ERA through with an impressive 13.5 K/9 through 14 innings with Iowa this season, though his 7.1 BB/9 makes his numbers a little less enticing. He should be available Wednesday against the Reds, though he likely won't see any high-leverage roles given the pedigree of arms already in the Cubs' bullpen.
Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
In an attempt to keep him healthy, Johnson was shifted to the bullpen full-time for the 2017 season after injuries marred his 2016 campaign. He struggled to a 6.14 ERA in 63 Triple-A innings last season, so the Cubs will likely want to see Johnson perform well there before calling him up. If he's able to keep up his 10.7 K/9 and drop his 6.1 BB/9 at Triple-A, he could find himself in the majors sometime in 2017.
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