[Update: 11:09pm] Marc Topkin comes through with the details (as usual). Johnson is being sold. The details are still being finalized and the Rays are likely to receive between $100K and $500K. Johnson will then sign a one-year deal with Yokohama with an option for 2010.

[10:20pm] If we are reading this right, and we like to think…ah never mind. Who are we kidding? Our Japanese sucks. We have no idea if we are reading this right, but the Rays may be on the verge of trading the rights to Dan Johnson to the Yokohama BayStars of the Central League in Japan.

Brace yourselves for six degrees of Dan Johnson

The original report is from Nikkansports.com (here is the poorly translated version). The first English interpretation comes via NPB Tracker, via Rays Report. Got it? Didn’t think so.

Yokohama as the new foreign players Rays infielder Dan Johnson (29) to win 18, 2007, the sources said. Has already agreed to move, the team will be announced soon.

There is no mention of a “trade” in any of the reports or what the Rays would receive in return. However, Johnson is still on the Rays’ 40-man roster, the report says he has agreed to the move and we can assume the Rays will receive cash considerations. Johnson would have been arbitration-eligible following the 2009 season.

It is rare, but not unheard of to sell the rights of an American player to Japan. Last month, the Rangers sold the rights to Kameron Loe to Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.

Johnson was claimed off of waivers in April from the Oakland A’s. He was designated for assignment and assigned to Durham six days later when the Rays acquired Gabe Gross. He was recalled in September and in his first at bat hit maybe the most important home run of the season for the Rays off of Jonathon Papelbon in the 9th inning of a game in Fenway to help the Rays remain in first place.

Tampa Bay Rays ship celebrated pinch-hitter Dan Johnson to Japan [St. Pete Times]
Dan Johnson left the long-awaited cannon Hama [Nikkan Sports]
Dan Johnson is the Latest MLB’er on his Way to Japan [NPB Tracker]
Momentary Rays hero headed for Japan [Rays Report]
Rangers Sell Loe To Japanese Team [MLB Trade Rumors]



  1. Ghost of Quinton McCracken says:

    most important home run *in the history of the franchise*


  2. Mark says:

    This is quite a shock to me. I didn't really see this coming. I'll never forget Dan Johnson, that's for sure.

    Anyone who can get Jonathan Papelbon to shut his damn mouth is definitely someone I'm cool with.

  3. DirtbagFan says:

    I hope they don't spend all the money in one place...

    They could've gotten more than that for a bag of Iwamura autographed baseballs...

  4. Robert Rittner says:

    No, that is pretty standard. And it was the right thing to do. There was almost certainly no room for him on the roster and no demand for him anywhere either. Meanwhile, it provides him an opportunity to continue his career and make some good money.

    It saddens me a bit because I always thought he was better than his reputation. He walked a lot and hit for mid-range or better power (which may have been the problem). He did not strike out inordinately, and apparently he was used a bit in the outfield last year. I don't know how acceptable his play was there, but it still seemed that he could contribute in the majors. I imagine I am missing something that the professionals saw.

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  6. Jason in PA says:

    off topic, but the Buccaneers have ruined my weekend, the defense seriously got old over night, and needs a complete overhaul! Brooks, Barber, Hovan, and the worst Buchanon all need to hit the road


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