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33 Kelly Johnson 3B
Height/Weight: 6-1/200 | Birthdate: 2/22/1982 | Birthplace: Austin, TX | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $2,450,000 | Owned/Started%: 61/36 | Average Draft Position: 213.49
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Kelly Johnson slugging well early in season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Yankees infielder Kelly Johnson went 1 for 3 with one RBI in his team's 4-2 loss to the Red Sox Friday.

The Yankees' first baseman for six of the last seven games, Johnson has flashed power in the early part of the season, collecting two doubles, one triple and two home runs in his 10 games. He owns a .258/.324/.581 line in 31 at-bats, and he'll continue to see regular time at first base until Mark Teixeira's return shifts him to another infield position.


Mark Teixeira on DL, Kelly Johnson new Yankees first baseman


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) A hamstring injury about which Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira spoke optimistically has landed him on the disabled list. He sustained the injury fielding a foul ball Friday night in Toronto.

Teixeira, who missed nearly the entire 2013 season with a wrist injury, was off to his typically slow start with three singles in 12 at-bats.

Kelly Johnson will replace him in the starting lineup.


Kelly Johnson 'a primary option' to open season at third base


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) Yankees infielder Kelly Johnson is "a primary option" to serve as the team's starting third baseman on opening day, MLB.com reports.

Johnson played third base in Tuesday's win against Florida State University but didn't see any balls hit his way. He made 16 appearances at third base for the Rays last season but has primarily been a second baseman in his major-league career. Johnson feels much more comfortable at the position this spring and has been working with Yankee coaches and guest instructor Willie Randolph to improve at the position.

"I think the one thing that's kind of stood out that I've had to concentrate on is catching the ball, and being in the best position to get the throw to first as strong and accurate as possible," he said.

Johnson signed a one-year deal with the Yankees this offseason after hitting 235/.305/.410 with 16 home runs and 52 RBI in 366 at-bats with the Rays last season.


Yankees to look at in-house options to play third base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2014) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team will likely turn to an in-house option at third base following the news a federal arbitrator has handed down a season-long suspension for Alex Rodriguez. The leading candidates to play at third base are Kelly Johnson and Eduardo Nunez.

"I think we’ll handle it from within, the players we have, if (Rodriguez) is not a player for us," Girardi said, per The Journal News. "We have Kelly Johnson, and then we’ll probably try to platoon him with a right-handed bat. Obviously Nuney’s got a shot at it, and we signed (Scott) Sizemore, and there’s other players we will look at. We’re just going to have to deal with it."

Girardi definitely seems intrigued with Nunez, who started the last nine games and 10 of 11 at third base for New York in 2013. 

"I think we have to give him a good look," Girardi said. "He played really well. I do, I think we have to give him a look. … (Whether he can handle the position defensively) is something we’re going to have to determine."


Kelly Johnson could be solution at third base for Yankees


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Kelly Johnson, who signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Yankees in December, could initially see most of his playing time at third base, but he's ready for whatever the team throws his way.

"My thinking coming in is to be prepared, work my butt off and get my work in," Johnson told MLB.com. "I'll get my early work in at third, go to second, go everywhere. I've got to think that I'm going to play in a lot of different places. That's my thinking. I'm definitely not going to come in making any assumptions."

In the wake of the news Alex Rodriguez will be suspended for the 2014 season, Johnson appears to be the front-runner to take over at third base for the Yankees. He hadn't played in a big-league game at third base until last season, when he saw action in 16 games at the hot corner for the Rays.

"I think I was scared. I was scared every pitch," Johnson said jokingly. "I was definitely reacting and living in the moment. I enjoyed it, it definitely got my heart going and kept me on my toes a little bit, but at the same time I thought my skills transitioned over there fairly well. In the infield, you've got to catch the ball first and make a good throw. It's all the same fundamentals."


Yankees, Kelly Johnson agree to deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2013) The Yankees and free-agent second baseman Kelly Johnson have agreed on a deal, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports. The one-year deal is believed to worth about $3 million.

Johnson hit .235/.305/.410 in 366 at-bats last season.


Yankees, Kelly Johnson nearing agreement


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/4/2013) The New York Post reports that the Yankees are close to signing free agent second baseman Kelly Johnson. The one-year deal will reportedly be worth between $2.75 and $3 million.

Johnson would provide the Yankees with an option at second base if they are unable to re-sign Robinson Cano and also enhance their flexibility, as he can play first base, third base and left field.


Yankees reached out to Kelly Johnson


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2013) The Yankees have reached out to Kelly Johnson, according to FoxSports.com.

The team is unsure about Alex Rodriguez's availability next season, and could lose Robinson Cano to free agency. Johnson has experience playing second, third and the outfield, so he could fill in for either player. Johnson hit .235/.305/.410 in 366 at-bats.


Fernando Rodney among Rays' free agents


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/6/2013) Rays relief pitcher Fernando Rodney, second baseman Kelly Johnson, first baseman James Loney, outfielder Delmon Young, starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez and relief pitcher Jesse Crain have filed for free agency.

The Rays have expressed interest in bringing back Rodney, their closer of the last two years, and Loney, their starting first baseman in 2013.


Kelly Johnson sitting Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2013) Rays utility man Kelly Johnson is not in the team's starting lineup Tuesday against the Red Sox. 

David DeJesus will start in right, forcing Johnson and Wil Myers out of the lineup. Johnson is hitting .246 in 338 at-bats. 


Kelly Johnson out Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2013) Rays utility man Kelly Johnson is not in the team's starting lineup Monday.

Sean Rodriguez will get the start in left, with Ben Zobrist taking his usual spot at second. Johnson is hitting .254/.324/.466 in 279 at-bats. 


Rays getting production from Kelly Johnson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2013) Rays second baseman Kelly Johnson homered and finished 3 for 4 with a double and RBI during Sunday's 4-3 win at Toronto. It was his 15th home run, second in as many games and fourth in eight games.

Johnson is batting .385 (15 for 39) with two doubles, four home runs, seven runs and seven RBI in his last 11 games.


Kelly Johnson homers in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2013) Rays infielder Kelly Johnson was one of four Rays to homer Friday, in an 8-5 win over the Blue Jays. Johnson hit a solo home run in the sixth inning and added another single, finishing 2 for 4. He scored twice and drove in one run.

Johnson is now hitting .248 on the season, with three home runs in his last seven games and 14 overall. Johnson is hitting .375 over that span with three multi-hit games.


Kelly Johnson with three-hit game


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2013) Rays outfielder Kelly Johnson had a three-hit game Sunday in the win over Houston. Johnson finished the first half of the season with three singles and two runs scored in the win. 

Johnson, who was 3 for 4 in the game, is now batting .244 on the year for the Rays. The 31-year-old has five hits in his last 12 at-bats. 


Kelly Johnson hits 13th home run


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2013) Rays utility player Kelly Johnson hit his 13th home run Wednesday against the Twins.

Johnson has been in the team's lineup more frequently, at the expense of Matt Joyce. Johnson also singled in the game, finishing 2 for 5. He scored one run and drove in two.

Johnson is hitting .239/.314/.442 in 251 at-bats. 


Kelly Johnson on the bench


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2013) Rays utility man Kelly Johnson is not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Yankees.

Johnson will be replaced by Sean Rodriguez, who will play left and hit second. Johnson should return to the lineup Friday against David Phelps. He's hitting .248/.321/.457 in 210 at-bats.


Kelly Johnson ties game in ninth


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2013) Rays second baseman Kelly Johnson homered in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday night in the nightcap of a doubleheader in Boston. Johnson's 11th homer tied the score at one.

Boston won the game with a walk-off homer by Jonny Gomes in the bottom of the ninth.

Johnson finished 2 for 3 with a single and is batting .252 on the year. He's gone 3 for 6 in his last two games but just 3 for 15 in his last five.


Kelly Johnson back at third


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2013) Rays utility man Kelly Johnson is back at third base for the second straight game. 

Johnson played third for the first time in the majors Thursday, and the Rays were apparently happy with his defense. He'll start there again while Evan Longoria is at DH. Johnson is hitting .254/.323/.466 in 193 at-bats this year. 


Kelly Johnson in at third


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2013) Rays utility man Kelly Johnson will play third for the first time in his major-league career Thursday.

Johnson was seen taking groundballs at third prior to the game, and he was listed as in the lineup at the postion later. Johnson will bat third while Evan Longoria plays DH. Johnson is hitting .257/.319/.471 in 191 at-bats this year. 


Kelly Johnson taking grounders at third


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2013) Rays second baseman/outfielder Kelly Johnson was taking grounders at third before Thursday's game, according to the Tampa Bay Times. 

Johnson has never played third base in any of his eight major-league seasons. Johnson is experiencing a resurgence at the plate this year, hitting .257/.319/.471 in 191 at-bats. He's played first, second and outfield over his career.


Kelly Johnson sees average take big drop


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2013) Rays second baseman Kelly Johnson has driven in a run in consecutive games after going 1 for 6 during Monday's 14-inning loss to Boston. He has 37 RBI on the year over 54 games. 

After he got his batting average to .287 by the end of May, he's seen it plummet in June thus far. Johnson has gone just 3 for 30 (.100) in June over seven games and his average now stands at .257 for Tampa Bay. 


Kelly Johnson makes it back


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2013) Rays infielder Kelly Johnson was back in the starting lineup Friday against the Orioles, but he did not make much of an impact. 

Johnson, who missed the team's previous two games due to a back injury, was hitless in four at-bats in a 2-1 win. Johnson struck out twice, the second time he has done so in the last five games. 

Johnson is hitting .269 on the season. 


Kelly Johnson returns to Rays lineup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2013) Rays second baseman/outfielder Kelly Johnson has returned to the team's lineup Friday.

Johnson has missed the last two games with back spasms. He'll play left and hit third against Orioles starter Jason Hammel. Johnson is hitting .275/.340/.515 in 167 at-bats this season. 


Kelly Johnson not in lineup Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2013) Rays outfielder/second baseman Kelly Johnson remains out of the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Tigers.

Johnson was a late scratch Wednesday with back tightness but was available off the bench. He did not appear in the game. Sam Fuld will play left field and leadoff, and Ben Zobrist will remain at second. 

Johnson is hitting .275/.340/.515 in 167 at-bats. 


Kelly Johnson a late scratch


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2013) Rays utility player Kelly Johnson was a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup in Detroit as Tampa Bay replaced him in the lineup and in left field with Sam Fuld, The Tampa Bay Times reports. 

Matt Joyce moved from the leadoff spot to third in the order with Fuld leading off for Tampa Bay. Johnson was scratched due to back tightness and is available off the bench, if needed.