Dan Johnson DH CIN 1 Day

Johnson, who was acquired from the Astros on Thursday, won't report to the Reds' major league camp, instead going directly to their minor league camp.

Johnson essentially is an insurance policy in case Joey Votto has another long-term injury, so that they have a better alternative at first base than Donald Lutz or moving Brayan Pena out from behind the plate.

Dan Johnson DH CIN 2 Days

The Astros traded Johnson to the Reds on Thursday in exchange for cash or a player to be named later, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Johnson wasn't likely to play for the Astros any time soon, so the team decided to ship him to Cincinnati to give him a chance to make an impact there. Johnson figures to compete for a bench spot with the Reds, but it seems most likely his season begins with Triple-A Lousville.

Dan Johnson DH CIN 3 Months

Johnson signed a minor league contract with the Astros on Tuesday. His deal includes an invitation to spring training.

Johnson will head to Houston in search of a roster spot after spending last season in the Blue Jays organization. The 15 games he played with Toronto last year were his most in a season since 2011, so he is going to have to make quite an impression to come away with a spot on the Opening Day roster.

Dan Johnson DH CIN 6 Months

Johnson was outrighted off the 40-man roster by the Blue Jays, and will elect to hit free agency, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

Johnson, who was hurt for part of the year and spent extended time in the minors, appeared in just 15 games for the Blue Jays in 2014. Some teams may be interested in the 34-year-old, but at this point in his career he likely won't command a lot of suitors in free agency.

Dan Johnson DH CIN 7 Months

The Blue Jays activated Johnson (hamstring) from the disabled list Tuesday.

Johnson missed a month due to his hamstring injury, but he will be available for the Blue Jays in September. Expect him to serve primarily as a pinch-hitter.

Dan Johnson DH CIN 7 Months

Johnson (hamstring) will start his rehab assignment at Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday night, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

The Jays may not have a use for Johnson now that Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind are both healthy, which could lead to an eventual return to Triple-A Buffalo for Johnson upon the conclusion of his rehab assignment.

Dan Johnson DH CIN 8 Months

Dan Johnson homered and drove home four runs on Saturday, powering the Blue Jays to a 6-4 victory over the Yankees in New York.

Johnson broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI single off Shawn Kelley in the seventh inning, then provided much needed insurance with a three-run blast off Jeff Francis in the ninth. With Adam Lind hopeful to return next week, Johnson's brief run of fantasy usefulness may be coming to an end shortly.

Dan Johnson DH CIN 8 Months

Dan Johnson knocked in two runs in a win over the Rangers on Saturday.

Johnson had an RBI double in the fourth inning and later added a sacrifice fly in the seventh. The 34-year-old journeyman is getting a chance to fill in at first base due to injuries to Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind, but the playoff hopeful Blue Jays will undoubtedly attempt to find another bat via trade leading up to July 31.

Dan Johnson DH CIN 9 Months

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays will call up Dan Johnson prior to Friday's game.

They need someone to take the roster spot of Adam Lind (foot), who is headed to the DL. Johnson has batted .248/.402/.471 with 17 homers over 94 games this season for Triple-A Buffalo. He would figure to see plenty of playing time at first base and the DH spot and is worth scooping up in AL-only leagues.

Dan Johnson DH CIN Dec 20 '79

Dan Johnson hit his third spring homer Tuesday in the Blue Jays' 3-2 victory over the Tigers.

Three-quarters of Johnson's hits have been homers, but that's no so far off the norm. In the last four seasons, he has 40 hits in 222 major league at-bats, 12 of them homers. Even though his ability to supply the long ball could be useful off the bench, there won't be room for him on the Blue Jays unless someone gets hurt.