For the second time in less than 6 hours, a former member of the infield for the Atlanta Braves has found a new employer.
#Indians have signed INF Elliot Johnson to minor league deal w/ invite to Major League Spring Training
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) January 27, 2014
The 29-year-old Johnson served as a utility man in his limited stay with Atlanta, but he is most famously known as the starting second baseman (my goodness) for the 2013 playoff run where he unceremoniously went 1-for-15 at the plate with sub-par defense. Johnson appeared in 32 games for the Braves, and in 102 plate appearances, he put up a respectable .261/.317/.359 slash line with 8 stolen bases in 10 attempts.
Still, there was no room in Atlanta for Johnson after the team made a commitment to Ramiro Pena as their utility man (and brought Dan Uggla back), and thus, he lands with the Indians. Johnson’s deal is of the minor league variety and he, like Janish, will be forced to attempt to earn a Major League roster spot when Spring Training breaks in a couple of weeks.
Elliot Johnson wasn’t in Atlanta long enough for the majority of “Braves Nation” to latch on to him as a player, but when you can play multiple positions with good speed and a non-disastrous bat, it’s easy to find work.