Yankees Close To Signing Kelly Johnson

WEDNESDAY: Johnson's deal may end up being in the $3-4MM range upon completion, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter).

TUESDAY: The Yankees are close to signing Kelly Johnson to a one-year deal worth $2.75-$3MM, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (on Twitter).  The plan is for Johnson to move around the diamond and serve as a potential second base option if Robinson Cano goes elsewhere.

Johnson has primarily played second base over the course of his career but he also offers experience at left field and saw some time at third base in 2013.  Johnson, 32 in February, owns a career slash line of .253/.335/.427 across eight seasons with the Braves, D'Backs, Blue Jays, and Rays.  Over the last three seasons, however, he has slashed just .226/.307/.395.

The deal marks a small pay raise for the veteran, who made $2.45MM with Tampa Bay in 2013.  Johnson is represented by Relativity Baseball, according to the MLBTR Agency Database.


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