Kelly Johnson summed up his decision to sign with the Rays on Monday in one word:
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 today.
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 rightfield), 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."
Rays sign veteran infielder Kelly Johnson
Tampa Bay Times | Jan 29