Before there was the future-infield tandem of Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson on the South Side, there was Micah Johnson.
Johnson earned a good deal of minor league hype during his time in the White Sox organization — he stole 84 bases in 2013 — though that hype cooled down a bit after he hit .206 in 36 games in 2015. That small sample size, though, was enough to intrigue the Los Angeles Dodgers, who took on Johnson in the three-team trade that brought Todd Frazier to Chicago after the 2015 season.
Well, Johnson is having himself an eventful offseason. He's been on four teams in the last 33 days.
Monday, Johnson was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Rays. That happened less an a month after he was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants, which happened just four days after he was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds, who claimed him from the Atlanta Braves.
Monday's waiver claim was actually the fourth time he's changed teams this year. He started 2017 as a Dodger before getting dealt to the aforementioned Braves in mid January.
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Perhaps the move to St. Pete will end up being a good thing for Johnson, who — due in part to injury woes — has played in only 25 big league games since getting dealt away from the White Sox. He saw just seven games' worth of action with the Dodgers in 2016 and played in only 18 games for the Braves this past season, getting two hits and striking out four times in 11 plate appearances.