From Joel Sherman: The Yankees are close to a one-year deal with Kelly Johnson.
Although he’s been primarily a second baseman in his career, Johnson has also played left field and a little bit of third base. He seems to give the Yankees insurance in the infield, where they badly need it considering the uncertainty of both Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez.
Sherman says Johnson will get roughly $3 million. He’s generally shown more power than you might expect from a second baseman. Last year he hit .235/.305/.410 with 16 homers. It was his second straight season with 16 home runs. He’s a left-handed hitter who came up in the Braves organization with Brian McCann.