Astros trade non-roster invitee Johnson to Reds

Astros trade non-roster invitee Johnson to Reds

The Astros traded first baseman Dan Johnson to the Reds on Wednesday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

A nine-year Major League veteran, Johnson appeared in 14 games for Houston this spring as a non-roster invite. He was hitting .158 (3-for-19) with six walks.

Johnson spent last season with Toronto, where he batted .211 in 15 games. He's a career .236 hitter with 57 homers.

Johnson's game-tying homer

Johnson is best known for his two-out, two-strike home run against the Yankees in the bottom of the ninth inning on the final day of the 2011 season. That tied the game for the Rays, who would eventually win it -- and the American League Wild Card -- on Evan Longoria's historic walk-off homer.

But Johnson has struggled to find significant playing time since averaging 106 games for the A's in his first three years (2005-07). Since then, he hasn't appeared in more than 40 games in a single season.

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.