Found January 29, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
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 been an elite defender. Johnson's signing adds even more depth to a Rays roster that is loaded with talent up the middle. In addition to Johnson and Zobrist, the Rays also have newly-acquired Yunel Escobar at shortstop (ironically, a double play partner of Johnson's in both Atlanta and Toronto), and utility players Eliot Johnson, Sean Rodriguez, Ryan Roberts, and Reid Brignac, all of whom can play multiple positions across the diamond. Perhaps the best part of this for the Rays is that all of these players (aside from the three starters: Zobrist, Escobar, and Kelly Johnson) are cheap, with R...
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