New York Yankees close to deal for Kelly Johnson

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The New York Yankees are close to agreeing a one year deal for Kelly Johnson worth up to $3m, reports ESPN.

With Robinson Cano's future looking a more and more likely to be away from the Yankee Stadium, the franchise are actively looking to cover for his absence.

The hope is that Johnson, 31, can provide cover at second, third and as an outfielder. Last season he hit .235 with 16 home runs and an OPS of .715.

Reports suggest that Johnson will sign a deal worth between $2.75m and $3m.

The signing is another clear signal from the Yankees to Cano that they are not afraid to lose him to another franchise.

Cano has been trying to convince the Yankees to offer him a huge $260m nine year deal but has only received a seven year deal worth $175m in return.

President Randy Levine has already said he isn't interested in signing Cano at his current price and is ready to persevere with a major summer recruitment drive.

And it seems he wasn't bluffing as the Yankees have recently sealed deals with Jacoby Ellsbury, making him the third highest paid outfielder ever with a worth $153m and Brian McCann.

Although Johnson is not seen as a direct replacement to Cano, he is a back-up option should the worst happen. If they can't agree a deal for the star second baseman then ESPN are reporting that the Yankees will move for Omar Infante.  

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