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August 19, 2013

Transaction Analysis

Infielders Up, Infielders Down

by R.J. Anderson


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Designated INF-S Elliot Johnson for assignment. [8/15]

That Johnson survived this long is a surprise. Acquired as the player to be named later in the James Shields trade, Johnson hit .179/.218/.241 in 173 plate appearances—only Luis Cruz and Danny Espinosa posted worse True Averages this season in comparable playing time, and both had been previously optioned or waived. Second basemen who can't hit last as long as comedians with more debts than jokes. Dayton Moore's recent acquisitions, Jamey Carroll and Emilio Bonifacio, made Johnson more expendable than he was before. He should clear waivers but, because he was outrighted before, he can elect free agency either now or at season's end.

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