Johnson believes the blockbuster trade between the Dodgers and Red Sox is a good deal for the Dodgers. Los Angeles acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, infielder Nick Punto and outfielder Carl Crawford. The Red Sox received big league first baseman James Loney and a package of prospects: infielder Ivan DeJesus, Jr., right hander Allen Webster, and two players to be named.
"I think it will help the Dodgers and it might help Boston," Johnson said. "I think [Boston] general manager [Ben Cherington] just wants to be in a rebuilding mode, and I understand that, too. ... I didn't think [the trade] wouldn't fly, but it's a good move for the Dodgers. I thought it was too much money involved, especially with this economy. They worry about the about the bottom line. ... The Dodgers are going all in trying to catch the Giants."