LOS ANGELES -- There is never not a time for roster moves in Major League Baseball. The Dodgers on Wednesday claimed pitcher Brooks Brown off waivers from the Rockies, and to make room on the 40-man roster designated pitcher Jim Johnson for assignment.
Brown, 30, was 1-3 with a 4.91 ERA in 36 games with the Rockies in 2015, with 20 strikeouts and 16 walks in 33 innings, He pitched parts of two seasons with the Rockies in 2014 and 2015.
The right-hander was drafted in the supplemental first round in 2006 by the Diamondbacks, and has spent the last 10 years in the Arizona, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Colorado systems.
Brown in the majors averaged 93.93 mph on his four-seam fastball in 2015 after 94.64 mph in 2014, per Brooks Baseball, a pitch he threw 54 percent of the time. He throws his changeup 28 percent of the time and his slider 18 percent of the time, and has held right-handed hitters to .231/.294/.331 in his two years in the majors, to go along with a 53.8-percent ground ball rate.
He missed nearly three months on two separate disabled list stints with right shoulder inflammation in 2015.
The Rockies optioned Brown to the minors in both 2014 and 2015, but in neither season did he accrue a total of 20 days on optional assignment so neither one counts as using an option year; in other words, he should have three option seasons remaining. Brown has one year, 86 days of MLB service time to his credit, and made slightly over the minimum salary in 2015, at $509,500 with the Rockies.
As for Johnson, he was already sent home for the postseason, not under consideration at all for a spot on the Dodgers' playoff rosters. This removes him from the 40-man roster, which doesn't mean much now since Johnson will be a free agent after anyway.
Johnson, acquired on July 30 from the Braves, put up a 10.13 ERA in 23 games with the Dodgers, allowing three home runs, 22 runs and 32 hits in 18⅔ innings.