Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/3/11
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Dan Johnson has elected to become a free agent after declining an assignment to Triple-A.

The team outrighted the veteran infielder earlier Thursday.

The 32-year-old had a dismal year with the major-league club, hitting just .119 with two home runs and four RBIs in 84 at-bats.

His lone bright spot came on the final day of the regular season, when his two-run home run in the ninth inning allowed Tampa Bay to tie the Yankees in a game they would eventually win - securing them the wild card ahead of Boston.

Johnson is a career. 235 hitter in six seasons with the Rays and Oakland Athletics, who selected him in the seventh round of the 2001 draft.
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