NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Yankees have signed infielder Dan Johnson to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, according to WFAN’s Sweeny Murti.
Johnson will earn $900,000 if he makes the team.
The 33-year-old can DH and play both corner infield positions. He had eight hits in 22 at-bats for the Chicago White Sox in 2012, including three home runs in the season finale.
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is expected to miss at least the first half of the season following offseason hip surgery. New York signed infielder Kevin Youkilis to help fill the void.
Johnson, a left-handed batter, hit .267 with 28 home runs and 85 RBIs for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights last season.
Johnson’s career has also included stints in Oakland and Tampa Bay.
In 2011, he hit a game-tying, pinch-hit home run for the Rays in game No. 162. Tampa Bay would make the playoffs with the win over New York, eliminating the Boston Red Sox.
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