The Tampa Bay Rays, according to Fox Sports, signed free agent second baseman Kelly Johnson on Monday to a one-year deal.

The team, in keeping with its policy to not comment on trades or free agent signings until the transaction is complete, did not comment.

If the transaction goes through, it would add to the glut of middle infielders currently on the roster. Johnson would join Ryan Roberts, Sean Rodriguez, Elliot Johnson and Reid Brignac, not to mention Ben Zobrist, who is expected to move between second base and the outfield.

Or, the addition of Johnson, a left-handed hitter, could mean he will platoon with the right-handed hitting Roberts and send Zobrist to the outfield on a fulltime basis. That would solve the Rays need for another outfielder.

The Rays do have to send someone to Kansas City as the player to be named later to complete the December trade that sent pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals.

The Rays also have to clear two spots on the 40-man roster to accommodate reliever Kyle Farnsworth and designated hitter Luke Scott, both of whom agreed to terms last week on one-year deals.