Just hours after the huge Jacoby Ellsbury news, sources have broken the news that the Yankees are in agreement with utility infielder Kelly Johnson on a one deal worth $3-4 million. Johnson will provide them with insurance in case Cano walks or in the case that Alex Rodriguez is suspended for the 2014 season, which is a very realistic possibility.
In 2013 with the Tampa Bay Rays, Johnson hit a low .235 with 16 home runs and 52 RBI in limited playing time. In his only full season in the Majors, Johnson hit .285 with 26 home runs in 2010 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the Yankees spending rate this winter, I would not be surprised to see Johnson getting playing time just to spell players a possible second or third baseman. He reminds me of Eric Chavez but instead of playing third and first, would play third and second base.
The Robinson Cano saga will continue, and I will not be surprised to see the Yankees make another move before coming to terms with Cano. With each player the Yankees sign, the window of opportunity for Robinson Cano to accept the Yankees' offer is closing.