Multiple reports last week mentioned that the Rays would announce the signings of reliever Kyle Farnsworth and free agent second baseman/outfielder Kelly Johnson this week. Today, Tampa Bay made it official and announced the contracts are for one year.
Farnsworth, 36, will earn a base salary of $1.25 million in 2013. The 14-year veteran will start his third year with the Rays after compiling a 2.76 ERA (84.2-IP, 26-ER) over the 2011-12 seasons.
Johnson, 30, will earn a base salary of $2.45 million in 2013. In 2012, the left-handed hitter batted .225 (114-for-507) with 16 home runs, 55 RBI, 62 walks and 14 stolen bases in 142 games with the Toronto Blue Jays. He made 133 starts at second base and his 59 walks as a second baseman ranked second in the American League behind only Jason Kipnis (66) of the Cleveland Indians. Over the last three seasons, he has averaged 21 home runs, 61 RBI, 67 walks, 14 stolen bases and 148 games played.
The Rays also announced they have designated for assignment infielders Reid Brignac and Elliot Johnson.
Brignac spent the majority of the 2012 season in at Triple-A. He hit .231 in the minors but with the Rays hit only .095.
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