UPDATE: Hours after being released, Johnson has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Nationals.
Veteran outfielder Reed Johnson, who re-signed with the Marlins on a minor-league deal in mid-February, has been released.
Johnson is 38 years old and hit just .235 with a .614 OPS and 37/1 K/BB ratio (yes, 37 strikeouts and ONE walk) as a part-timer for Miami last season.
Between his rapidly declining performance and the Marlins already having 41-year-old Ichiro Suzuki as their veteran fourth outfielder Johnson always seemed like a longshot to crack the roster again. He had a good run as a useful role player who thrived against left-handed pitching.
On Monday, Cardinals reliever Brett Cecil was placed on the 10-day injured list due to Carpal Tunnel syndrome. Cecil, who notably lost 42 pounds since the end of the 2018 season, was having trouble with his mechanics throughout spring training and only logged two official Grapefruit League innings.
Cecil, 32, is entering the third year of his four-year, $30.5 million contract. He struggled last year, finishing with a 6.89 ERA and a 19/25 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. The lefty dealt with shoulder and foot injuries during the season as well.
The Cardinals bolstered the bullpen in December, signing lefty Andrew Miller to a two-year, $25 million deal. It would be nice to have a healthy and effective Cecil, but the high-leverage workload will be managed by Miller and Jordan Hicks as well as Alex Reyes.
Cecil was among a handful of Cardinals to hit the injured list on Monday, joining Carlos Martínez (right shoulder cuff strain), Jedd Gyorko (right calf strain), Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement), and Justin Williams (right hand second metacarpal fracture).