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Rays sign Johnson to one-year deal

Posted Dec 6, 2010 by Roger Mooney

Updated Dec 6, 2010 at 08:14 PM

Dan Johnson had some big moments against the Red Sox and Yankees in 2010

BY ROGER MOONEY

LAKE BUENA VISTA— The Rays signed first baseman/DH Dan Johnson on Tuesday to a one-year deal, thus avoiding arbitration.

Johnson figures to be involved in whatever plans the Rays have for first base this season.

“We feel like he can fill a number of different roles, potentially, and so, the next two months we’ll gain more clarity on that front,” Rays VP of baseball Andrew Friedman said last week. “I anticipate him getting a good number of at-bats, and helping us, whether it’s first base, DH, coming off the bench.”

Johnson played in 40 games with the Rays in 2010 after being recalled from Triple A Durham on Aug. 3.

He batted .198 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs.

Johnson did, however, have a knack for the big home run.

He hit a walk-off homer to beat the Red Sox on Aug. 28 and hit a pair of two-run homers against the Yankees on Sept. 15 in a game the Rays won 4-3 to reclaim first place.

Johnson’s combined numbers with the Bulls and the Rays were 37 home runs, 118 RBI and 100 walks.

He led the International League with 30 home runs, 95 RBI and 675 walks despite missing the final month of the season when he was promoted to the Rays.

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