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8/10/1979 (37 y, 7 m, 12 d)
2001 June Amateur Draft - Round: 7, Pick: 25, Overall: 221, Team: Oakland Athletics
$0.2M / 1 Years (2015)
Johnson signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Tuesday and will be assigned to Double-A Tulsa, Michael Rand of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. (8/22/2016)
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Johnson had perhaps the most productive .198 season in recent memory, drawing enough walks and hitting for enough power to be useful even with his sub-Mendoza batting average. However, unless you play in a league that credits you for all those walks, Johnson probably isn’t a guy you should be betting big on. Yes, there is some power potential, but with the Rays always-rotating line-ups and love of platooning, it’s unlikely that they’re going to give him a full-time job. If he hits righties well, he’ll play enough to hit 25 bombs, but there’s also the very real possibility that he hits .150 for two months and loses out on any kind of regular role. The Rays have the depth to not have to live with Johnson if he’s not hitting, and considering his career average is .243, there’s a real chance that he might be perceived as not hitting, even with all those walks. (Dave Cameron)
The Quick Opinion:
If your league counts walks as a category, then he's worth targeting. If not, he's more of a lottery ticket - don't count on him, but he's worth rostering in case he pulls a Carlos Pena.
Johnson has a WPA of +2.44 in 1520 career plate appearances. Literally about half of those added wins come from late-August or September games against either the Yankees or Red Sox -- including his game-tying home run from last season with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Rays' 162nd game. Otherwise, he's been mediocre, and is a free agent as of press time. (Carson Cistulli)
Noted Yankee-killer Dan Johnson is likely headed for his third team in three years despite hitting .364/.548/.818 for the White Sox last season. He's an interesting bench bat for a team that needs to win now, but his playing time is so touch-and-go that he's barely usable in daily leagues let alone actually rosterable long term. Still, if winning or losing a league on the last day comes down to one home run, the Great Pumpkin has worked miracles before. (Dan Wade)
You’re reading about Dan Johnson in a fantasy-themed online publication. In 2013! In a universe not ruled by lizard people! It’s the sort of thing that would have been crazy to imagine two years ago, or fifteen seconds ago. Johnson spent the year toiling away in Triple-A, waiting for Mark Teixeira to get injured, and then waiting some more after that. In reality, Johnson probably has more power, on-base skills, and defensive value than a guy like, say, Lyle Overbay, but that certainly isn’t going to bring Dan, or a prospective fantasy owner, any comfort. Johnson has been invited to spring training with the Blue Jays for 2014, ostensibly for his Yankee and Red Sox-killing expertise, which he should consider applying to other opponents. (Patrick Dubuque)
The Great Pumpkin lives! Dan Johnson signed a minor league deal with the Astros in December. One can only suppose that the Astros figure they are going to have a late-season match up with the Red Sox with playoff implications and want Johnson on hand to perform his legendary BoSox-slaying antics. Johnson is 35 and keeps hanging around, crushing the minors, and getting a few plate appearances in the majors here and there. It would be a fun story if he could do something, but don't bet on him being the next Steve Pearce. If he somehow sneaks onto the Astros' Opening Day roster, he still projects to have very little value, even in deep AL-only leagues. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Hey, if Steve Pearce can do it, so can Dan Johnson. Heck, the Royals went to the World Series. Also: make sure and bet on Billy Butler to win a Gold Glove in 2015.
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