June 12, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Reed Johnson (5) hits a single against the Detroit Tigers during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE
A full and comprehensive write-up of the trade, including players heading the other way is up: Braves Acquire Reed Johnson, Paul Maholm From Cubs.
UPDATE 10:42 PM EST: Johnson is not headed to the Indians (tweets Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer) nor is he going to the Tigers (tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports) and most certainly not the White Sox (tweets Dan Haynes of CSN Chicago).
UPDATE 10:40 PM EST: Time to play process of elimination. Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Johnson is not headed to the Pirates. He's not headed to the Giants either, reports Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chroncile.
Original Story: Could this be the first domino to fall as we make our way towards tomorrow's trade deadline? The Chicago Cubs have traded outfielder Reed Johnson to an unknown team, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
reed johnson has been traded. a— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 31, 2012
#mystery as to where
Johnson will be a nice addition to whichever team has acquired him, so long as his role is a fourth outfielder/right-handed bench bat to face southpaws.
Entering today, the 35-year-old Johnson was batting .307/.361/.452 with 3 home runs in 180 plate appearances over 75 games. Nearly half of those plate appearances have come against southpaws and that's where Johnson is having most of his success. In his career against left-handed pitchers, Johnson is batting .313/.370/.469 in over 1300 plate appearances.
The veteran outfielder is owed the remainder of his $1.15 million this season before becoming a free-agent at season's end.