The Dodgers have just made an under-the-radar signing this afternoon. Per a press release from the independent league ballclub St. Paul Saints, the Dodgers have purchased the contract of former Cardinals first baseman, ten-year major league veteran and recently converted pitcher Dan Johnson:
Dan Johnson has worked hard to reinvent himself this season as a knuckleball pitcher. The former Major League hitter has made great strides this season, in a short amount of time, as a pitcher with the St. Paul Saints. He will now get the chance to get back to the Major League’s as a hurler. His contract was purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and he is headed to Double-A Tulsa.
The 37-year-old Johnson has been an incredible two-way player for the Saints. On the mound he was 4-3 with a 4.50 ERA in seven starts. In 40.0 innings he has walked 20 and struck out 27 while opponents are hitting just .231 against him. Over three straight starts from July 28-August 13 Johnson allowed just one run over 18.2 innings pitched.