LOS ANGELES — With the addition of free agent Kenley Jansen finally official on Tuesday, the Dodgers needed to make a corresponding move to clear one spot on the 40-man roster. That move was designating Micah Johnson for assignment.
Johnson played in just seven games for the Dodgers in 2016, in two separate stints in April and September, going 1-for-6 with a run scored. He played all of four innings at second base and one inning in left field in the majors last year.
Johnson, who turned 26 in December, hit .261/.321/.356 in 120 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, with 23 doubles, five home runs and three triples, and stole 26 bases in 37 attempts.
The Dodgers acquired Johnson from the White Sox on Dec. 17, 2015 in a prospect-for-prospect swap as part of a three team trade, with Trayce Thompson and Frankie Montas also coming to Los Angeles. Thompson is the only one who remains on the 40-man roster.
The club now has seven days to figure out what’s next with Johnson (Under the old collective bargaining agreement, this period was 10 days). The Dodgers can try and trade him, or they can place him on waivers and, if he clears, can send him outright to the minor leagues.