Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:07:35 -0800
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said 2B Brian Roberts will start for the team at second base this season. "That is the plan, for him to be our second baseman," Girardi said. "I know he hasn't played a full season in the last few years, he's obviously a guy who has some age on him too, but my plan is to run him out there every day." 3B Kelly Johnson is slated to at least platoon at third base. 2B Brendan Ryan is also a candidate to see time at the keystone.
Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:04:37 -0800
New York Yankees 3B Kelly Johnson will serve as the team's backup first baseman, according to manager Joe Girardi.
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:43:59 -0800
The New York Yankees are highly unlikely to bid on free-agent SS Stephen Drew (Red Sox), according to major league officials in contact with Yankees officials. The team may need a contingency plan to SS Derek Jeter as he comes back from a serious injury and to replace 2B Robinson Cano and 3B Alex Rodriguez. General manager Brian Cashman seems content on starting the year with INFs Brian Roberts, Kelly Johnson, Eduardo Nunez and Brendan Ryan providing infield depth. The Yankees are not expected to stretch their budget much further after going past their self-imposed $189 million payroll limit.
Sun, 12 Jan 2014 20:53:05 -0800
New York Yankees 2B Kelly Johnson said Sunday, Jan. 12, that he will be prepared to serve as the team's starting third baseman on opening day, if needed. "My thinking coming in is to be prepared, work my butt off and get my work in," Johnson said. "I'll get my early work at third, go to second, go everywhere. I've got to think that I'm going to play in a lot of different places."
Sat, 11 Jan 2014 09:06:03 -0800
Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz has ruled that New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez should be suspended for 162 games as well as the playoffs for violating MLB's rules against performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez could challenge the ruling through a federal injunction.
Fantasy Tip: This situation is not over yet, so it is not known if Rodriguez will play at any point this season. Owners should avoid Rodriguez in their draft because of his uncertain status. Rodriguez could play if he appeals the ruling or receives an injunction.
Eduardo Nunez and Brendan Ryan could play at third base this season, but Kelly Johnson is probably the best bet to take the majority of at-bats at the hot corner. Johnson is worth a deep mixed roster spot and has added value with middle infield eligibility.
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:54:03 -0800
The New York Yankees may decide to go with a platoon arrangement at second base this year between 2Bs Brian Roberts and Dean Anna. Anna is a career minor leaguer and hits from the left side. He had an .892 OPS in the Pacific Coast League last season. Roberts is a switch hitter and owns a .716 OPS against lefties and .782 against righties. 2B Kelly Johnson may not be defensively sound enough to play the position. The Yankees know that they need to protect Roberts, though, to keep him healthy over the course of the season.
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:32:19 -0800
Updating a previous report, the New York Yankees officially agreed to sign free-agent INF Kelly Johnson (Rays) to a one-year deal in the $3 million range pending a physical. He has been signed to play either second or third base. He will play third base if 3B Alex Rodriguez opens the season suspended, and second base if 2B Robinson Cano is not brought back.
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 06:17:32 -0800
The New York Yankees are close to signing free-agent 2B Kelly Johnson (Rays) to a one-year deal worth close to $3 million.
Fantasy Tip: The team plans to use him in a utility role and as insurance in case they can't re-sign 2B Robinson Cano. This deal wouldn't eliminate them from bringing Cano back.
Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:13:34 -0800
The New York Yankees have contacted free-agent 2B Kelly Johnson (Rays) to express their interest.
Sun, 22 Sep 2013 12:24:18 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria (illness) was scratched from the lineup against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, Sept. 22, because of flu-like symptoms. He was replaced by INF Kelly Johnson at third base.