Giants Return Johnson To Orioles

The Giants returned Rule 5 pick Steve Johnson to the Orioles, tweets Henry Schulman of The San Francisco Chronicle. Baltimore will pay $25K for the transaction.

Johnson, 22, was part of the trade that sent George Sherrill to the Dodgers last July, and posted a 3.41 ERA with a 9.5 K/9 and a 3.8 BB/9 in 145.1 innings split between the two organizations in 2009. Baseball America ranked Johnson as San Francisco's 20th best prospect coming into the season, saying he profiles best as a back-end starter or middle reliever.

The 15th pick in the Rule 5 Draft walked six batters and allowed five hits in 4.2 innings this spring. 


13 Responses to Giants Return Johnson To Orioles Leave a Reply

  1. Guest 5 years ago

    Well now that George Sherrill trade still makes sense.

  2. osfan3000 5 years ago

    Yeah! Thank you Giants. Appreciate it haha

  3. switchhitingjesus 5 years ago

    yes he comes back

  4. ba9oriole 5 years ago

    This is good. We can use Steve Johnson as a trade chip or call him up later in the season if we have some injuries.

  5. slogar1 5 years ago

    I remember Os fans up in arms when they lost Johnson so they should now be happy, but to call a player left open to the rule 5 draft and then being returned can hardly be called “a trade chip”.

  6. lftyg33 5 years ago

    Now where are all the haters who said macphail made a bad decision leaving johnson unprotected? Havent heard much out of them lately…

    • lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

      look up…

      Johnson was project to be a MOR guy in the NL West, and I doubt he can do that in the AL East. He has similar problems that many Dodger arms have, control, and in the AL East against the Yankees, Sawx and Rays, that is one thing you need… I dont think he is going to be anything more than a BOR guy in the future

      • lftyg33 5 years ago

        hes certainly no top prospect but i think he’ll be pretty useful down the road for the o’s. remember since he doesnt have to spend the year in the majors like he would if the giants had kept him so the o’s will stash him in the minors for another year or 2 and let him develop.

        • lakersdodgersyankees4life 5 years ago

          true, Im just saying that fans shouldn’t expect him to become a top prospect and may not even be a MOR guy in Balt…

      • lftyg33 5 years ago

        hes certainly no top prospect but i do think he will end up being useful for the o’s down the road. remember that he doesnt have to spend the year in the majors like he would have if the giants kept him. the orioles will stash him in the minors for a year or 2 and let him develop.

        hes got a chance to be a decent #5 starter or a solid bullpen arm.

  7. lftyg33 5 years ago

    Now where are all the haters that said macphail made a bad decision leaving johnson unprotected?

  8. theartistformerlyknownasmike 5 years ago

    they’re all too busy drooling over the rest of our pitching prospects. there will always be an uproar about people who dont get protected. ESPECIALLY in this case where it is a local guy with bloodlines in the organization.

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