The Dodgers have traded infielder Micah Johnson to the Braves for a player to be named or cash considerations, the team announced this afternoon.
Johnson had two brief stints with the Dodgers in 2016, playing seven games, going 1-for-6 with a run scored. He hit .261/.321/.356 with 23 doubles in 120 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, starting 78 games at second base, 20 games in left field, 14 games in center field, and made two starts at third base. He stole 26 bases in 37 attempts.
For a contender like the Dodgers, playing time would’ve been hard to find. For a rebuilding Braves team, however, his versatility should come in pretty darn handy. Even if he starts in Triple-A, he’ll likely have plenty of opportunities in Atlanta in 2017.
Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.
Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.
Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.