Former Blue Jays second baseman Kelly Johnson summed up his decision to sign with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday in one word: "Opportunity." The left-handed hitting infielder figures to get plenty after agreeing to a one-year major-league contract that will be official after he completes a physical exam on Tuesday. The Rays didn't comment on or confirm the deal, but Johnson looks to be a platoon partner for Ryan Roberts and/or Sean Rodriguez at second base (with Ben Zobrist primarily in right field), with the possibility of moving around the infield and into the outfield, where he last played as a rookie in 2005 with Atlanta. "I'm open to anything," Johnson said. "I'm excited to be part of it. . . . 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 pumped."
Tampa Bay Rays sign former Blue Jays second baseman Kelly Johnson
Toronto Star | Jan 29