On Thursday, the Padres announced that the hiring of Johnson as their Minor League field coordinator.
It's the third stint with the Padres for Johnson, 53, who makes his home in Valley Center, Calif.
Johnson spent the last 14 years with the A's (2003-09) and Tigers (1996-2002) in either a special assistant role to the general manager or a coordinator of pro scouting services.
Johnson began his scouting career with the Padres as an area scout from 1990-02 and later moved to a regional crosschecking position with the Rockies from 1992-93 before returning to the Padres as a Major League scout from 1994-95.
Johnson, a former Major League infielder with the Braves, hit .267 over three seasons (1982-84). He also played two seasons in Japan for Hiroshima and another season in the Senior Professional League before retiring in '91.
Johnson replaces Tom Gamboa, the Padres' field coordinator for the last two seasons.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.