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Yankees sign Kelly Johnson to one-year deal in $3M range

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

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The Yankees have agreed to sign infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnson to a one-year deal in the $3 million range, pending physical, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports. The deal is pending a physical.

Now, onto the juicy stuff. Johnson has been signed to play either third base or second base:

- Third base if Alex Rodriguez opens the season suspended.

- Second base if Robinson Cano walks via free agency.

What if both happen? Well, the Yankees will have to find another option at one of the two spots. If somehow A-Rod avoid any type of suspension -- which, honestly, doesn't seem the least bit realistic -- and the Yankees retain Cano, Johnson will be thrust into a utility role.

Essentially, the smart money is on Johnson starting for the Yankees -- and my guess would be at third base.

Johnson, 31, hit .235/.305/.410 with 12 doubles, 16 homers and 52 RBI in 407 plate appearances in a utility role last season for the Rays. He saw time at second base, third base, first base and left field. He's a second baseman by trade, having played 809 of his career 960 games there.

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