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MLB Trade Rumors: Texas Rangers Interested in Trading for New York Yankees’ Kelly Johnson; Who’s on Trading Block

June 9th, 2014 at 12:54 PM
By Douglas Rush

While the New York Yankees are looking to add to their roster in hopes of making the postseason, they do have someone on their roster that interests at least one team.

The Texas Rangers roster has taken a blow to two of their first basemen, as Prince Fielder is out for the rest of the regular season with a neck injury that required surgery and Mitch Moreland will be out for three months due to needing surgery on his ankle; which puts them in the market for first base help and they have reported interest in Kelly Johnson of the Yankees, as Gerry Fraley from the Dallas Morning News reported.

"According to several major-league officials, Pittsburgh’s Gaby Sanchez, Washington minor-leaguer Tyler Moore, Kelly Johnson of the New York Yankees and Philadelphia’s John Mayberry Jr., a former Rangers first-round draft choice, are available. No one will help out the Rangers with a cut-rate deal."
Johnson, currently hitting .216 with four home runs and 14 RBI in 48 games and has lost his starting job at third base to Yangervis Solarte. Johnson does play occasionally as a first basemen in place of Mark Teixeira, but he's fallen out of favor with the Yankees roster and has seen his playing time decrease because of his terrible season which is why he's on the trading block.
If the Rangers do want Johnson, then it gives the Yankees a bit of an advantage as they don't just have to give him away and can ask for something of decent value in return since the Rangers are in a bind and need first base help after watching two of their starters go down with serious injuries.
The Yankees have to make sure that they feel comfortable trading Johnson before the deadline, especially with Mark Teixeira's wrist, a reason why they have Johnson on the roster to begin with. The Yankees have used Brendan Ryan at first base in later innings for defensive help, but the team still needs a backup first basemen in case of Teixeira's wrist flaring up again.
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