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The Tampa Bay Rays have reached agreement with free-agent second baseman Kelly Johnson on a one-year contract, according to major league sources.
The move will enable the Rays to use Ben Zobrist in right field as well at second base, enabling them to hold off promoting top prospect Wil Myers.
Johnson, 30 also might see time in the outfield. He played 79 games in left field for the Atlanta Braves in 2005.
The Rays' 40-man roster currently is full, requiring them to make a corresponding move.
Zobrist, 31, is a good defensive second baseman, but he started 59 games in right field this season and likely will play some outfield for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
Johnson batted .225 with a .678 OPS last season for the Toronto Blue Jays. He is coming off two years of sub-par offensive production after batting .284 with 26 homers and an .865 OPS for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010.
Myers, 22, is almost certain to start the season at Triple-A after arriving in a trade from the Kansas City Royals in December.
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On Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays signed former Blue Jays second baseman Kelly Johnson to a one-year deal. The contract terms are currently unknown, but it's likely for no more than $3 million. Johnson's addition to the Rays roster will push Ben Zobrist to right field as the every day starter, but Zobrist will also get some playing time at second base, where he's tradtionally...
With Spring Training set to start in just a few weeks, the Tampa Bay Rays are putting the final touches on their roster for 2013. On Tuesday, the Rays reached an agreement with IF/2B Kelly Johnson. Johnson, 30, brings another bat, a left handed one, to the lineup and has posted a solid on-base percentage but struggles with strikeouts. In his last two seasons, Johnson has posted 37...
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This afternoon, it was reported that the Rays will ink Kelly Johnson to a one-year deal. It’s an interesting match, as Johnson provides the Rays with the one thing that they like — a player who has been very good in the past but who still comes at a modest cost. He also gives Tampa manager Joe Maddon the thing that he likes best — options.
Tampa will be Johnson’s fourth...
Even after signing free agents Luke Scott and Kyle
Farnsworth last week, the Tampa Bay Ray are still “on the lookout for help,”
according to Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times. Topkin notes that the Rays are
likely to be seeking another bat and/or bullpen arm.
It would appear that Tampa Bay could use a right-handed
hitter to help spell several of their lefties, including...
Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections, which have typically appeared in the pages of Baseball Think Factory, are being released at FanGraphs this year. Below are the projections for the Tampa Bay Rays. Szymborski can be found on Twitter at @DSzymborski.
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The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a one-year deal with second baseman Kelly Johnson, Fox Sports reported Monday. Johnson, 31, has hit .223 with a .698 OPS over the past two seasons. Through age 28, however, he had an OPS of .800, according to NBC Sports' Pro Baseball Talk. Johnson provides Tampa Bay with the potential to hit 20 home runs and steal 15 bases with patience at the...
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