Gators in Transactions: Red Sox grant Johnson his release

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)



Boston Red Sox — Released lefthander Brian Johnson, who asked for the move. Johnson was drafted by the Sox in the 2012 first round out of UF. He made his debut in 2015. His best season by the numbers came in 2018, when Johnson pitched 99⅓ innings both as a starter and reliever to a 4.17 ERA for the champions. He pitched just 40⅓ innings last season, as he battled injuries. Johnson posted a 6.02 ERA in 2019.

Aug. 4


Arizona Cardinals — Offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert – who was expected to start at right tackle assuming he had fully recovered from an ACL tear last season – decided to opt out for the year, he announced on his Twitter account.

“After much thought and prayer, I have decided to opt out of the 2020 NFL season,” Gilbert wrote. “While this decision was not easy for me, I felt it was the best decision due to my standing as a high-risk player with high-risk family members. I am grateful for the opportunities that have been afforded to me over many years on the NFL and I look forward to returning stronger than ever for the 2021 NFL season.”

Gilbert has not played a full regular season since 2015 — with his last four seasons riddled with injuries and suspensions. He’s finished the past two years on injured reserve, and he returned for 2020 on a one-year deal for $1.05 million.

Aug. 3


San Francisco 49ers –– Agreed to an incentive-laden deal with oft-injured former Pro Bowler Jordan Reed, giving the defending NFC champions a potential prolific receiving tight end to pair with All-Pro George Kittle.

The 30-year-old Reed (University of Florida) had 329 catches for 3,371 yards and 24 TDs in 65 career games for Washington but has ended up on the injured reserve list in four of his seven seasons. He missed all of 2019 after suffering his seventh documented concussion in the preseason.

“It’s well-documented he’s had multiple concussions prior,” general manager John Lynch said. “There’s a reason a guy like Jordan Reed’s out there, right? So, there is some risk-reward. We got to a point where we felt the risk that we’re taking on was worth it with the potential reward.”

Reed’s best season came in 2015 when he had 87 catches for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns for Washington. He has played only 31 games the past four seasons because of a variety of injuries.

Reed was drafted in 2013 when Niners coach Kyle Shanahan was offensive coordinator in Washington and has experience playing in San Francisco’s offense.

Aug. 2


Jacksonville Jaguars — Starting left tackle Jawaan Taylor spent his first week of training camp in isolation after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list. But now he can at least enter the team’s facility at TIAA Bank Field, take his physical, and take part in strength and conditioning work that begins Monday for the team’s veterans. Taylor was activated off the COVID-19 list Sunday.

Arizona Cardinals — Right tackle Marcus Gilbert, expected to be a starter, was designated with non-football illnesses. Gilbert is coming off a torn ACL but head coach Kliff Kingsbury said he was supposed to be ready to go.

Aug. 1


Jacksonville Jaguars — Defensive end/linebacker Lerentee McCray became the second Jaguars player since Friday to voluntarily opt-out for the 2020 season because of COVID-19 concerns. Defensive tackle Al Woods opted out Friday, citing health and safety concerns for his family. The opt-out provision was established by the NFL and the NFL Players Association last month.

Similar to Woods, McCray cited family concerns as to what led to his decision not to play.

”I will miss being there with my teammates, coaches, and Jaguar personnel competing on Sundays, but I feel that God has directed my steps to make this decision,” McCray said in a statement. ”I was honored to be involved in our team’s social justice efforts during the offseason, and I look to continuing to support those affected in any way I can.”


Cincinnati Reds — Anthony DeSclafani (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 0 strikeouts) is scheduled to pitch Sunday against Detroit after a stint on the Injury List earlier this season. DeSclafani, who missed one start with a mild strain of the teres major, allowed three hits in five shutout innings, but was no involved in the decision, as the Reds blew a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.

July 28


Jacksonville Jaguars — Placed right offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. Taylor, a second-round pick in 2019 out of Florida, played all 1,091 offensive snaps last season and made the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team.

The list was created for players who test positive for COVID-19 or have been quarantined after having close contact with an infected person or persons.

Per league policy, teams are not permitted to disclose the reason a player is added to the list. Teams are prohibited from commenting on a player’s medical status other than referring to roster status. However, players can disclose their medical information.

July 27


Seattle Seahawks — NFL placed cornerback Quinton Dunbar on the league’s Commissioner Exempt List while he faces felony charges from offseason incidents. A player on the Commissioner Exempt List cannot practice or play in games but does get paid. He can be at the team’s facility “on a reasonable basis” for meetings, individual workouts, therapy, rehab and other non-football activities if given team permission.

Dunbar was charged after a robbery at a cookout in Miramar, Florida faces four felony counts of armed robbery.

Washington Football Team — Defensive end Caleb Brantley has opted out of the 2020 season. High-risk opt outs receive a $350,000 stipend with no offset and an accrued/credited season. But, like the voluntary opt out, the contract tolls.

Voluntary opt outs receive a $150,000 stipend as a salary advance on their contract for 2021 and no accrued season.

Brantley re-signed with Washington in March, getting a one-year, $750,000 contract.

He has spent the past two seasons with Washington but played only eight games because of injuries, including an ankle issue that limited him to one game in 2019.


Miami Marlins — Claimed right-handed reliever Justin Shafer off waivers from the Reds.



Cincinnati Reds — Placed pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (rotator cuff) on the Injury List. DeSclafani posted a 3.89 ERA in 31 starts in 2019. He struck out 167 hitters in 166 ⅔ innings. He will be a free agent at the end of the season. This the third time DeSclafani has started the year on the IL.

Chicago White Sox — Assigned pitcher Dane Dunning to the club’s alternate camp. Dunning made a full recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery, but the White Sox have enough starters on the active roster. Dunning is the No. 6 prospect in the organization, according to He went a combined 6-3 with a 2.71 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 15 starts between Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham in 2018. He underwent Tommy John surgery in March 2019.

July 20


Oakland Athletics — Placed pitcher A.J. Puk would on the injured list due to a strain in his left shoulder. After initially suffering the injury in March at the start of spring training, the 25-year-old will now visit doctors for further evaluation.

July 14


Baltimore Orioles — Placed backup shortstop Richie Martin on the 60-day injured list with a broken right wrist.

July 16


Jacksonville Jaguars — Cornerback CJ Henderson, the ninth overall pick in the 2020 draft, agreed to terms on a fully guaranteed four-year, $20.5 million contract that includes a fifth-year option.

July 17


Jacksonville University — Added Brad Wilkerson as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.