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Need steals? Perhaps these guys can help

Updated: May 23, 2011, 4:33 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
I'm generally looking for a few extra stolen bases in all of my leagues, which is why I have paid so much attention to the Tampa Bay Rays shortstop situation this season. A few things became clear to me in late April. One, Reid Brignac isn't anything special at the plate. Two, manager Joe Maddon wasn't willing to play Sean Rodriguez regularly at shortstop. And three, if Elliot Johnson were to get a chance, he'd, well, run with it.

Johnson swiped 30 bases at Triple-A Durham last season, and while he's well past prospect status (he's 27) and his skills might scream utility player, the fact is he has earned himself more playing time for the Rays, and over the past week he has hit a few home runs and stole a few bases. Now, those in 10-team standard leagues need not click on his name, but then again, these numbers aren't out of line for Johnson.

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