Twins sell Kris Johnson to Japanese team

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According to Darren Wolfson of 1500-ESPN in Minnesota in the Twins have sold left-hander Kris Johnson to the Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese League.

Johnson, who was acquired from the Pirates in exchange for Justin Morneau–by way of Duke Welker, in a weird series of transactions–spent most of the past two seasons at Triple-A. He’s posted good-looking ERAs there, but they’ve come with sub par strikeout and walk rates.

It’s possible Johnson could have snagged a big-league job at some point as a fifth starter or middle reliever, but at age 30 he was running out of chances and will no doubt get a bigger payday in Japan. Minnesota has cleared four spots on the 40-man roster since the end of the season, but the Twins still have plenty of other dead weight to potentially drop.