Micah Johnson

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Micah Johnson #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers poses during a spring training photo shoot on February 27, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Dodgers trade infielder Micah Johnson to the Braves

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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.

Dodgers formally announce Kenley Jansen signing, designate Micah Johnson for assignment

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 16:  Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch in the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs during game two of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 16, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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After nearly a month, the Dodgers made the signing of closer Kenley Jansen official on Tuesday. To create roster space on the 40-man roster, the club designated second baseman Micah Johnson for assignment, per Eric Stephen of SB Nation’s True Blue LA.

Jansen, 29, agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract with the Dodgers on December 12. The right-hander was coming off of the most dominating season of his career in which he finished with a 1.83 ERA, 47 saves, and a 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings.

Johnson, 26, hasn’t yet found his footing and is very likely looking at having to find major league success with his third team. The White Sox selected him in the ninth round of the 2012 draft, then traded him to the Dodgers as part of a three-team trade also involving the Reds in December 2015.

Report: Cardinals join Dodgers in pursuit of Brian Dozier

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 11: Brian Dozier #2 of the Minnesota Twins reacts to being called out on strikes against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning of the game on September 11, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Indians defeated the Twins 7-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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The Dodgers have made no secret about its interest in Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. The new wrinkle, though, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN, is that the Cardinals are “very much in it” as well. Wolfson adds that the Nationals and Giants remain in dialogue with the Twins, too.

The Cardinals, of course, have a crowded infield as is with incumbent second baseman Kolten Wong. Wong played some outfield last season but it would make more sense if Wong were included in a deal that brought Dozier to St. Louis. Meanwhile, the Dodgers traded veteran 2B/OF Howie Kendrick to the Phillies and regular second baseman Chase Utley is still in free agency. If the season were to start today, Enrique Hernandez and Micah Johnson would handle the position.

Dozier, 29, had an outstanding 2016 campaign, finishing with a .268/.340/.546 triple-slash line along with 42 home runs, 99 RBI, and 104 runs scored in 691 plate appearances. According to FanGraphs’ version of Wins Above Replacement, only Jose Altuve (6.7) and Robinson Cano (6.0) were more valuable than Dozier (5.9) at the second base position.