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Kelly Johnson | First Baseman

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 196
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Kelly Johnson is starting at first base for the Yankees on Saturday with Mark Teixeira on the shelf with a hamstring injury.
Yangervis Solarte will get another start at third base while Dean Anna will cover second base for the Yankees. Johnson already possesses multi-position eligibility in most fantasy leagues, and could add first base to his bag of tricks should Teixeira require a trip to the disabled list. Apr 5 - 10:53 AM

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Kelly Johnson is not in the Yankees' starting lineup against the Astros on Thursday.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is giving his lineup a different look with left-hander Brett Oberholtzer on the hill for Houston. Yangervis Solarte, who won a bench job over Eduardo Nunez during spring training, will start at third base and bat ninth.
Apr 3 - 4:49 PM

According to Bryan Hoch of, Kelly Johnson is a candidate to serve as the Yankees starting third baseman in 2014.

The veteran infielder could win the job outright in the spring, or more likely form half of a platoon where Johnson would be counted on to mash against right-handed pitching. The Yankees are content filling their void at the hot corner with in-house options, with Scott Sizemore and Eduardo Nunez also in the mix.
Jan 12 - 8:47 PM

Yankees signed INF/OF Kelly Johnson to a one-year, $3 million contract.

This move that was agreed upon earlier in the week looks much more interesting after Robinson Cano's departure. While the Yankees are surely still in the market for an upgrade at second base, Johnson becomes a very interesting fantasy commodity if he's staring at 500 at-bats in the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 06:02:00 PM

The Yankees and Kelly Johnson have agreed upon a one-year, $3 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Johnson will likely play all over the diamond in New York after playing second base, third base and outfield with the Rays this past season. The 31-year-old hit .235/.305/.410 in 366 at-bats in 2013.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 09:05:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that Kelly Johnson's one-year deal with the Yankees could be worth between $3-4 million.

Joel Sherman of the New York post reported Tuesday night that the two sides were close on a one-year deal worth between $2.75-3 million, but the salary could actually be slightly higher. Johnson would give the Yankees some insurance for Robinson Cano, but ideally he would function as a super utility player.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 11:50:00 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are close to signing Kelly Johnson to a one-year contract worth $2.75-3 million.

Sherman says the Yankees plan to use Johnson all over as a utility man, but he also represents an option at second base should Robinson Cano not return. Johnson batted .235/.305/.410 while slugging 16 home runs over just 366 at-bats for the Rays this past season while starting games at four different positions plus the DH spot.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 11:52:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees have contacted free agent Kelly Johnson.

Rosenthal writes that the Yankees are viewing him as an insurance policy with Alex Rodriguez's suspension pending and Robinson Cano on the free agent market. The 31-year-old batted .235/.305/.410 with 16 home runs and 52 RBI over 118 games with the Rays this season while making starts at first base, second base, third base, and left field.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 03:18:00 PM

Kelly Johnson is serving as the Rays' DH in Tuesday night's ALDS Game 4 against the Red Sox.

It'll be the first start of this best-of-five series for Johnson. Delmon Young and Matt Joyce are on the bench. The full Tampa Bay lineup for Game 4: David DeJesus LF, Wil Myers RF, James Loney 1B, Evan Longoria 3B, Ben Zobrist 2B, Desmond Jennings CF, Kelly Johnson DH, Yunel Escobar SS, Jose Lobaton C. Jeremy Hellickson is on the hill.
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 05:01:00 PM

Kelly Johnson delivered an RBI single in Saturday's win over the Yankees.

His sixth-inning single off Ivan Nova was the only offense that Chris Archer would need. After struggling through June, Johnson is hitting .327 (15-for-49) with four home runs, two doubles, and eight RBI in 15 games this month. The 31-year-old is notoriously streaky, so enjoy it while it lasts in fantasy leagues.
Sat, Jul 27, 2013 04:00:00 PM

Kelly Johnson went 3-for-4 with a double and a homer in a 4-3 victory against Toronto on Sunday.

He's gone 8-for-12 (.666) with two homers and five runs scored over his last three games, raising his batting average from .236 to .256. Johnson's OPS now sits at .801. He is on pace for 25 homers and 75 RBI.
Sun, Jul 21, 2013 05:01:00 PM

Kelly Johnson went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in a 5-0 victory against Houston on Sunday.

Johnson has been highly inconsistent this year, posting a .719 OPS in April, 1.022 in May and .399 in June. He's broken free from his horrific slump of last month, going 10-for-32 (.312) in July. Johnson is on pace for 22 homers and 74 RBI.
Sun, Jul 14, 2013 05:18:00 PM

Kelly Johnson went 1-for-3 with a two-run double in the Rays' win over the Twins on Tuesday.

It was Johnson's only hit of the game but it was a big one, giving him 42 RBI on the year. He's cooled since the beginning of the season but still has 12 home runs playing nearly every day for the Rays.
Tue, Jul 9, 2013 10:31:00 PM

Kelly Johnson made his first career start at third base Thursday and went 0-for-2 with a walk against the Rays.

Obviously, Johnson isn't going to play much third base while Evan Longoria is healthy, but a little additional versatility can't hurt.
Thu, Jun 13, 2013 10:22:00 PM

Kelly Johnson is back in the Rays' lineup Friday.

Johnson sat out the last two games with a stiff back, but he's ready to roll. He's hitting .275/.340/.515 with 10 homers and six steals for Tampa this season.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 03:55:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Brian McCann
2Francisco Cervelli
1B1Mark Teixeira
2B1Brian Roberts
2Dean Anna
3Scott Sizemore
SS1Derek Jeter
2Brendan Ryan
3B1Kelly Johnson
2Yangervis Solarte
3Alex Rodriguez
LF1Brett Gardner
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Carlos Beltran
2Ichiro Suzuki
DH1Alfonso Soriano
Starting Pitcher
S1CC Sabathia
2Hiroki Kuroda
3Masahiro Tanaka
4Ivan Nova
5Michael Pineda
Relief Pitcher
R1David Robertson
2Shawn Kelley
3Matt Thornton
4Dellin Betances
5Adam Warren
6David Phelps
7Vidal Nuno
8Cesar Cabral