Dan Johnson declines outright assignment to Triple-A, now a free agent
First baseman Dan Johnson, who has some of the biggest homers in Rays history, is now a free agent.
Johnson had been given his outright assignment to Triple-A, but declined, the Rays announced Thursday.
Johnson has been with the Rays organization since 2008, when he hit the mammoth September homer off Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon. He was given a chance to play everyday at first base to start the season, but landed back in Durham after hitting just .119. Johnson had just two homers last season, but one unforgettable one, the game-tying solo shot with two outs in the ninth of the Rays Wild-Card clinching victory over the Yankees in the season's final day.
-- JOE SMITH