Rob Johnson DFA’d
The Mariners needed to clear a spot on the 40 man roster for Jack Cust today, and they’ve announced the move that will open a spot for him – they’ve designated Rob Johnson for assignment. This means the team has 10 days to trade or waive Johnson, but it gets him off the 40 man right now.
No matter how frustrating he was to watch at times, he’s nowhere near the most useless player on the 40 man – hello, Cesar Jimenez! – so I’m going to read between the lines and assume that this means the M’s are working on a deal to ship Johnson to another team. If they know they can get something done in the next few days, this just extends their window and keeps them from having to dump someone else off the 40 man before that trade is complete. With Miguel Olivo in the fold and Adam Moore still around, Johnson was ticketed for Tacoma in 2011. Perhaps another team felt they would be willing to give up a minor piece to get Johnson as a backup catcher, and the M’s and that team are simply trying to figure out what minor piece that should be.
I could be wrong. Maybe they’ll just end up waiving Johnson in a few days, but I doubt they really viewed him as the most expendable guy on the 40 man. He certainly wasn’t our favorite player, but he’s also not totally useless, especially for an organization that doesn’t have much in the way of high level catching depth in the minors.