The Cincinnati Reds made two trades this afternoon. The first was that they traded infielder Devin Lohman to the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named later or cash considerations. They followed that move up by acquiring first baseman Dan Johnson from the Houston Astros for a player to be named later.
The Reds drafted Devin Lohman in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft. He struggled early in his career, but put together a strong second half of 2011 to turn things around. After a solid 2012 in Bakersfield he spent each of the last two seasons in Double-A Pensacola where he struggled at the plate, hitting .240/.307/.339 in 240 games. He plays solid defense up the middle at short or second base and he’s got some speed to go with his game, but he’s struggled mightily at the plate at the upper levels. He will be 26-years-old in April.
The acquisition of Dan Johnson looks like it’s one to replace the loss of Neftali Soto, to give the Reds some depth in Triple-A. Johnson got 330-495 plate appearances in the big leagues in 2005-2007 with Oakland, but since then he’s only managed a combined 344 plate appearances in the seven seasons since, hitting just .185/.308/.367 in that time. The 35-year-old has posted an .815 OPS in Triple-A over the last two seasons, walking more than he’s struck out in each season, but he’s struggled to hit for an average, hitting under .250. He will provide some depth in case of a short term injury shows up.