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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Yanks sign Dan Johnson

By Andrew Marchand

The Yankees have signed backup corner infielder Dan Johnson to a minor league contract that would be worth $900,000 if he makes the team, a source confirmed.

Johnson is best known for hitting the solo homer against the Yankees that tied Game No. 162 of the 2011 regular season that eventually vaulted the Tampa Bay Rays into the playoffs. The Rays had trailed that game 7-0.

Johnson, 33, could be a backup infielder in the mode of Eric Chavez, though he doesn't have Chavez' pedigree. In seven big league seasons, the left-handed hitting Johnson is a .237 hitter. He hasn't played more than 40 games in a major league season since 2007 with the A's. In 2012, he appeared in 14 games with the Chicago White Sox, hitting .364 with three homers and six RBIs.