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Johnny Giavotella | Second Baseman

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 184
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Angels acquired 2B Johnny Giavotella from the Royals in exchange for RHP Brian Broderick.
Giavotella had been designated for assignment on Thursday. The Angels plan to go with Josh Rutledge at second base after trading away Howie Kendrick, but Giavotella isn't a bad insurance option. The 27-year-old never received a long-term look with the Royals but is a career .305/.378/.438 hitter in the minors. Fri, Dec 19, 2014 02:54:00 PM

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Royals designated INF Johnny Giavotella for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Kris Medlen on the 40-man roster. Giavotella was once considered a promising prospect with the Royals, but he owns a .238/.277/.334 batting line over 465 plate appearances in the majors and turns 28 next July.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 04:14:00 PM

Royals recalled INF Johnny Giavotella from Triple-A Omaha.

Giavotella will give the Royals some additional infield depth for the final month of the regular season. He is a .235/.273/.329 career hitter in the major leagues.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 02:11:00 PM

Royals optioned INF Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A Omaha.

The Royals have called up catcher Francisco Pena as some insurance while Salvador Perez nurses a hand injury. Giavotella is hitting .176 (6-for-34) with one home run and five RBI at the major league level this year.
Tue, May 20, 2014 03:04:00 PM

Johnny Giavotella went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run against the Mariners on Sunday.

Giavotella also walked and scored in the game. But the big hit came in the seventh inning, as Giavotella took reliever Danny Farquhar deep to give the Royals the lead. It was his first home run in 14 at-bats this season.
Sun, May 11, 2014 09:14:00 PM

Royals recalled 2B Johnny Giavotella from Triple-A Omaha.

He'll give the Royals some second base depth while Omar Infante (back) is banged up. Giavotella's stay could be short, as Infante is not expected to need a trip to the DL.
Fri, May 9, 2014 05:46:00 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals plan to promote Johnny Giavotella prior to Friday's game.

He'll provide some infield depth while Omar Infante (back) is banged up. Infante is not expected to need a trip to the DL, so Giavotella's stay could be a short one.
Fri, May 9, 2014 04:48:00 PM

Royals optioned 2B Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A Omaha.

It was a very brief stay with the big league club for Giavotella, as he was merely an insurance policy in case Omar Infante was forced to miss any time. He'll continue to function as organizational depth at Triple-A.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 12:56:00 PM

Royals recalled 2B Johnny Giavotella from Triple-A Omaha.

Giavotella will provide some help at second base while Omar Infante (jaw) recovers. He's at the keystone and hitting second Wednesday versus the Rays. Giavotella is a career .240/.278/.335 hitter over 424 plate appearances at the major league level.
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 11:08:00 AM

Royals optioned 2B Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A Omaha.

Giavotella wasn't going to win a starting job with Omar Infante around, and the Royals decided they'd rather have him starting at Triple-A than as a bench option in the majors. He hit .341/.391/.585 with a home run in 21 games this spring.
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 09:06:00 PM

Johnny Giavotella went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBI against the Cubs on Saturday.

Giavotella hit his first spring homer off Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija in the third inning. The second baseman won’t be the Royals’ starter with Omar Infante in town, but Giavotella could win a bench job with a strong spring. He’s batting .333 through 27 Cactus League at-bats.
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 07:11:00 PM

Royals recalled INF Johnny Giavotella from Triple-A Omaha.

Giavotella batted only .206/.289/.265 over 10 contests in a truncated second base audition earlier this summer. Kansas City has fallen all over themselves trying to keep Giavotella out of the lineup, marching out the likes of Chris Getz, Emilio Bonifacio, Jamey Carroll, Elliot Johnson and Miguel Tejada at second. The 26-year-old Giavotella posted a .777 OPS at Triple-A in 2013, exactly 100 points less than he accrued last season at the same level.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 02:44:00 PM

Johnny Giavotella (hip) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday.

Giavotella was optioned to Triple-A Omaha last week, but hasn't played since Tuesday due to a hip injury. The results of the MRI will determine whether or not he'll be placed on the disabled list.
Sun, Jul 28, 2013 08:28:00 PM

Royals optioned 2B Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A Omaha.

Giavotella was recalled less than three weeks ago and installed at second base, but he batted only .206/.289/.265 over 10 contests. It's a little surprising that the Royals didn't give him a longer audition, but it appears that they'll go to a combination of Chris Getz, Elliot Johnson and Miguel Tejada at second.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 06:21:00 PM

Johnny Giavotella went 3-for-4 with two RBI in his first game back with the Royals on Sunday.

Giavotella was finally promoted from Triple-A Omaha this weekend and will serve as Kansas City's starting second baseman going forward. The 25-year-old was hitting .289/.376/.425 with seven homers and seven stolen bases through 77 games at the Triple-A level before his promotion and is worth scooping up in mixed leagues.
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 08:33:00 AM

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1B1Albert Pujols
2B1Josh Rutledge
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SS1Erick Aybar
3B1David Freese
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LF1Josh Hamilton
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CF1Mike Trout
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DH1Matt Joyce
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8Adam Wilk
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3Cesar Ramos
4Mike Morin
5Fernando Salas
6Cam Bedrosian
7Cory Rasmus
8Jeremy McBryde
9Vinnie Pestano
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