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Dodgers designate Jim Johnson and claim Brooks Brown from Rockies

Dodgers designate Jim Johnson and claim Brooks Brown from Rockies
Jim Johnson, who was acquired before the non-waiver trade deadline from the Braves, delivers a pitch against the Reds during a game on Aug. 27 in Cincinnati. (Gary Landers / Associated Press)

The Dodgers' front office just can't help itself: The roster is a never-ending source of intrigue and challenge, even in the middle of the postseason.

So they went at it again, officially ending the Dodger career of reliever Jim Johnson by designating him for assignment to make roster room for the claiming of Rockies right-hander Brooks Brown.

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Johnson, who had been the closer for the Braves when the Dodgers made him part of that 13-player, deadline deal, was mostly a large disappointment in Los Angeles. He was left off the playoff roster and allowed to go home.

In 23 games with the Dodgers, Johnson went 0-3 with a 10.13 ERA.

Brown, 30, made 36 relief appearances for the Rockies last season, going 1-4, with a 4.91 ERA and a fat 1.46 WHIP.

Of course, last off-season, the Dodgers' new front office made all kinds of roster moves, only to jettison new players for yet another waiver claim. The chances of Brown being in Camelback Ranch in February have to be 50-50.

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