Blue Jays sign first baseman Dan Johnson to minor-league deal
New York Yankees pitcher Matt Tracy and first baseman Dan Johnson close on a Tampa Bay Rays squibber along the first-base line during a spring training game at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. (Charlotte Sun / Katherine Godina)
TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to terms with veteran first baseman Dan Johnson on a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Johnson, 34, appeared in three games for the Baltimore Orioles last season after being acquired from the New York Yankees organization on Aug. 30.
The six-foot-two, 210-pound native of Coon Rapids, Minn., spent most of last season at Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He had a .253 average with the triple-A team and hit 21 homers and drove in 69 runs.
The eight-year major-league veteran has a career .236 average with 56 home runs and 194 RBIs with Oakland, Tampa Bay, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore.