Rays Sign Dan Johnson

The Rays signed first baseman Dan Johnson to a one-year, Major League deal worth $500K, writes Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.  The Rays sold Johnson's rights to the Yokohama BayStars about a year ago, and the 30-year-old hit .215/.330/.462 in 382 plate appearances in Japan in 2009.  He's got a career line of .248/.343/.420.  Most his big league time came with the A's from 2005-07.

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  1. rootman1010 5 years ago

    if dan johnson gets a major league deal for that performance, colby lewis should come away with a cc sabathia deal…

  2. jcrabtree7 5 years ago

    What makes him so appealing? He hit .215 in Japan, he’s an ok backup first baseman, the Rays have Wily Aybar as a backup already. I’m very confused by this…

    • Yeah, I could understand signing him to a minor league deal, but not major league. This doesn’t make very much sense.

  3. $1574266 5 years ago

    Maybe they will catch lighting in a bottle. If there is one team that can have a small signing turn into a steal its the Rays.

  4. Guest 5 years ago

    Deadweight Johnson!

  5. eacree 5 years ago

    you guys remember he was the guy who came up from durham and hit a pinch hit game winning homer for the rays during their run to the world series in 08

  6. All this says is that the Rays need a 1B/DH at AAA.

    • Suzysman 5 years ago

      But its a ML deal

      • cubbyfan23 5 years ago

        They can still run him through waivers (I assume he’s out of options) and send him to AAA with a major league deal.

  7. Suzysman 5 years ago

    I currently see the roster looking like this (assuming they carry 14 hitters and 11 pitchers, which is might be unlikely already)C – ShoopachC – Navarro1B – Pena2B – ZorbristSS – Bartlett3B – LongoriaIF – AybarIF – Brignac (or possibly Rodriguez)LF – CrawfordCF – UptonRF – JoyceOF – Perez (or Jennings)OF – KaplerDH – BurrellWho is removed to add Johnson?Does it mean both Brignac and Rodriguez are in AAA while Aybar becomes the only player able to cover the middle infield? Seems unlikelyCant be Perez (or Jennings), as they wouldnt have a back-up CF. And doubtful they would be able to move Burrell. So does this mean Joyce or Kapler are a gonner? (or possibly both if they only carry 13 positional players and 12 pitchers)

    • cubbyfan23 5 years ago

      I suppose it could mean they’re hoping Johnson catches fire in Spring Training and they can eat salary and dump Burrell on someone.

    • I think Maddon is comfortable with Kapler in Center. He’s a minority in that belief though.

  8. budman3 5 years ago

    A ML contract only means he gets paid if he makes the team out of ST. If cut the Rays can either resign him to a minor league deal or he gets his money and is released.

  9. Alldaybaseball 5 years ago

    Still that is a spot on the 25-man. Every spot is important.

    • cubbyfan23 5 years ago

      The spot is on the 40-man for now, 25-man rosters don’t need to be finalized until Opening Day.

      • Alldaybaseball 5 years ago

        Thanks, forgot that. Also 40 can still be important though.

  10. TRULVE 5 years ago

    I really don’t understand this move either… Major League deal? Who was thier competition that if they offered a minor league deal he would say no and sign elsewhere? Usually guys go to Japan and have better lines, this guy went to Japan and got worse…

  11. heyhey2 5 years ago

    i dont understand why he came back to play in the U.S. Dude obviously has peaked and he was getting paid 1.1 oku in japan. that is 1.199 millions U.S. dollars a year. i’m not saying $500,000 isnt alot of money, it is, but it aint nowhere near $1.2 million

  12. cubbyfan23 5 years ago

    The Rays are hardly out of the running for the AL East this year.

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