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Dan Johnson | First Baseman

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/10/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Dan Johnson has elected to become a free agent.
Johnson had just three hits -- all singles -- in 21 plate appearances this season with the Cardinals. The 36-year-old first baseman is going to have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league contract this winter if he wants to continue his playing career. Oct 29 - 2:19 PM

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Cardinals sent 1B Dan Johnson outright to Triple-A Memphis.

The veteran first baseman passed through waivers unclaimed and has opted to remain with the Cardinals as opposed to electing free agency. The 35-year-old is hitting .242/.350/.427 with 11 homers and 44 RBI at Triple-A this season.
Aug 2 - 11:22 PM

Cardinals designated 1B Dan Johnson for assignment.

Johnson managed just three hits -- all singles -- in 21 plate appearances with the Cardinals. The 35-year-old will probably pass through waivers unclaimed.
Jul 30 - 2:53 PM

Dan Johnson had two hits and two RBI in his Cardinals debut Wednesday against the Cubs.

It'll be interesting to see what the Cardinals do with Johnson. He was added in large part because of Kolten Wong's injury, but the team isn't getting much from Mark Reynolds or Xavier Scruggs. Another nice game or two could result in Johnson sticking around at Scruggs' expense.
Jul 8 - 11:22 PM

Cardinals purchased the contract of 1B Dan Johnson from Triple-A Memphis.

Johnson has batted .242/.350/.427 with 11 homers and 44 RBI at the Triple-A level this season. With Mark Reynolds struggling of late, he could see some playing time at first base against right-handers.
Jul 8 - 1:06 PM

Cardinals signed 1B Dan Johnson to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Memphis.

Johnson was released by the Reds in late April after managing just two hits in 40 plate appearances at Triple-A Louisville. The 35-year-old first baseman hasn't been an effective major leaguer since 2007.
May 4 - 12:02 PM

Reds released 1B Dan Johnson.

The 35-year-old failed to earn a spot on the Astros Opening Day bench, then hit .069 (2-for-29) in his nine games at Triple-A Louisville. It's unclear if he'll explore opportunities elsewhere or decide to hang up his spikes.
Apr 25 - 9:47 AM

Reds acquired 1B Dan Johnson from the Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Johnson, 35, was batting .158 in 25 plate appearances this spring with the Astros. He'll head to the minor league side of Reds camp and won't be in consideration for the Opening Day roster.
Mar 26 - 2:13 PM

Astros signed 1B Dan Johnson to a minor league contract.

It presumably comes along with an invitation to spring training. Johnson made it up for 15 games with the Blue Jays in 2014 and slashed .232/.381/.434 with 18 homers and 56 games in 107 contests at Triple-A Buffalo. He's simply a depth add for the Astros.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 09:03:00 PM

According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of, Dan Johnson is learning to throw a knuckleball.

Johnson has been toying with the pitch for a while, but he began to get more serious about it in 2013. As someone who turned 35 in August and has bounced back and forth from the majors to the minors, the hope is that his work on the pitch will allow him to hang around a bit longer. "Why not have something else in the bag? Give yourself every chance," said Johnson. "I’m not 24 anymore. I want to help out as much as possible and still be relevant in this game." Johnson became a free agent earlier this month and should be able to latch on somewhere as a spring training invite.
Thu, Oct 9, 2014 05:10:00 PM

Dan Johnson has elected free agency.

The 35-year-old was outrighted off the 40-man roster earlier in the week. He struggled in his 15 games with the Blue Jays in 2014, and slashed .232/.381/.434 with 18 homers and 56 games in 107 contests at Triple-A Buffalo. He'll look to secure a minor league deal and spring training invitation elsewhere.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 01:04:00 PM

Blue Jays sent 1B/DH Dan Johnson outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

Outrighting Johnson clears a spot on the Jays' 40-man roster. Johnson appeared in 15 games with the Jays this season, hitting .211/.333/.342.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 08:08:00 PM

Blue Jays activated 1B/DH Dan Johnson from the 15-day disabled list.

Johnson missed all of August with a left hamstring strain. He'll provide some pop off the bench in September.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 11:32:00 AM

Blue Jays placed 1B/DH Dan Johnson on the disabled list with a hamstring strain.

Johnson has acted as an emergency bat to plug multiple injury holes in Toronto's lineup, posting a .235/.349/.382 slash line in limited at-bats. He might not be needed again once healthy.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 03:04:00 PM

Dan Johnson homered and drove home four runs on Saturday, powering the Blue Jays to a 6-4 victory over the Yankees in New York.

Johnson broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI single off Shawn Kelley in the seventh inning, then provided much needed insurance with a three-run blast off Jeff Francis in the ninth. With Adam Lind hopeful to return next week, Johnson's brief run of fantasy usefulness may be coming to an end shortly.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 04:39:00 PM

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