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UPDATE: INF Kelly Johnson excited about signing on



UPDATE, 5:08: Johnson said he was excited to join the Rays and that while he has spent most of his time at second base, he was eager to help out however he can. "I'm open to anything,'' said. His reason for picking the Rays? "Opportunity,'' Johnson said. "It's always a good team, they're fun to watch, they're the type of team when you're on the other side you don't like playing them. I'm excited to be a part of it. ... I'm pumped.''

Johnson got a major-league deal, and it will be come official after his physical on Tuesday. The Rays will have to take three players off their 40-man roster this week, as they also have to add Kyle Farsnworth and Luke Scott, whose deals also should be official soon.

Johnson, 30, had 16 homers and 55 RBIs last season for the Jays, but batted only .225. The year before, he hit a combined .221 with 21 homers and 58 RBIs for the D-backs and Jays. He was traded in August for Aaron Hill and John McDonald. Johnson began his career with the Braves.

DEVELOPING: The Rays have reportedly signed INF Kelly Johnson to a one-year deal, per Fox Sports. Johnson would add another infield bat, and further the idea that Ben Zobrist will spend most of his time in the outfield.

[Last modified: Monday, January 28, 2013 6:19pm]


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