Rob Johnson was designated for assignment a little over a week ago to make room for DH Jack Cust, putting him in baseball limbo.
Now his time with the Seattle Mariners has ended. Johnson has been traded to the San Diego Padres for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Johnson struggled last season, hitting just .191 (34×178) with 24 runs, 10 doubles, 2 home runs and 13 RBI in 61 games with the Mariners in 2010. He was sent down to Triple A Tacoma late in the season.
In those 61 games, he also struggled behind the plate, allowing 9 passed balls – the most in the American League.
In parts of four seasons with the Mariners, he hit .200 (94×470) with 48 runs, 29 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs and 42 RBI in 161 games.
Last offseason, he underwent labral repairs to both hips along with wrist surgery.
Johnson was a favorite of former manager Don Wakamatsu. Several pitchers professed their faith in Johnson’s pitch calling abilities, including Jarrod Washburn. However that will only get you so far. With his lack of production at the plate and his issues behind it, he basically played himself off the big league team and now out of the organization.
The move leaves just Adam Moore on the 40-man roster since the Mariners haven’t officially signed Miguel Olivo.