Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dan Johnson Joins Yankees As Infield/DH Option

As the Braves and Diamondbacks wrap up the final pieces of their seven player trade, which includes Justin Upton to Atlanta, the New York Yankees finalized a one-year minor league deal with veteran infielder Dan Johnson. The deal was first reported by Sweeny Murti of WFAN.

Johnson is the same player that tied game 162 between the Yankees and Rays in 2011with a two-run homerun that pushed the game into extra innings. The Rays would go on to clinch he American League wild card with the win, as well as eliminate the Boston Red Sox.

In 2012, Johnson was a member of the White Sox Triple-A affiliate before being called-up to the Majors for 14 games in September. He went 8-for-22 at the plate.

As our own Matt Filippi pointed out on Twitter, his career slash line is .237/.338/.412 (102 wRC+.) Another one of Johnson's strengths is the ability to garner walks (9 in 14 games last year.)

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