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Kelly Johnson, Yankees agree to deal, reports say

Tampa Bay Rays' Kelly Johnson, center, is congratulated

Tampa Bay Rays' Kelly Johnson, center, is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a single by Jose Lobaton during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros. (July 14, 2013) (Credit: AP)

UPDATE -- The Yankees have reached a deal with free agent infielder Kelly Johnson on a one-year deal for about $3 million, a source confirmed to Newsday. The contract is pending a physical.

Here's our earlier story:

The Yankees may not be done yet.

Following the high-profile signing of outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yankees are reportedly nearing a deal with infielder Kelly Johnson, according to Joel Sherman. Sherman reports the deal would be for one year at around $3 million.

Johnson, 31, has played for the Braves, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays and Rays during an eight-year career. He hit .235 with a .305 on-base percentage and 16 home runs for the Rays in 2013.

Johnson's primary selling points are his power and his versatility. He's hit at least 16 home runs in five seasons, including each of the last four, and has extensive experience at both second base and in left field. He's also played 16 games at third base. Sherman reports that the Yankees plan is to deploy Johnson around the infield, though he could serve as a fallback option if the Yankees come up short in their pursuit of Robinson Cano.

Johnson's best season was in 2010 with the Diamondbacks, when he hit .284 with a .370 OBP and a career-high 26 home runs.

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