Yankees sign Kelly Johnson to one-year deal in $3M range
The Yankees have signed Kelly Johnson to play either second base or third base (or be a backup), depending on how a few situations play out this offseason.
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.