GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers on Tuesday acquired utility man Elliot Johnson from the Rangers for cash considerations, adding to their minor league depth.
Johnson was a non-roster invitee with Texas this spring, and hit .194/.350/.290 in 19 games, and led the Rangers with eight walks in 40 plate appearances. The 31-year-old was 2-for-19 (.105) in seven games with the Indians in 2014, and in five major league seasons hit .215/.269/.316 in 318 games.
The utility man was in the Rays organization under Andrew Friedman through 2012. He has played games at all four infield and all three outfield positions in his major league career, starting everywhere but center field and first base.
Johnson spent most of his 2014 in Triple-A Columbus, and hit .236/.326/.366 in 87 games. Johnson played 41 games in left field with Columbus, 13 games at second base, nine games in center field, seven games in right field, three games at shortstop, two games at first base and once at third.
He even pitched in a game in 2014, retiring two of his three batters faced in a May 29 outing.
The Dodgers expect Johnson to play a utility role in Triple-A Oklahoma City, playing all over the infield and outfield.
Since Johnson isn't on the 40-man roster, this doesn't technically snap the string. The last trade the Dodgers and Rangers made involving a major league player was in 1990, when the Dodgers sent Jim Poole to Texas for Steve Allen and David Lynch. Sadly, the Dodgers received baseball players and not their Hollywood counterparts.