The KC Royals and TB Rays finally completed their December 9th deal on Tuesday, at the start of spring training.
After receiving starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis back in December, the Royals received infielder Elliot Johnson. Johnson is the “player to be named later”. He is expected to arrive in Surprise on Thursday.
Here are some stats on Johnson via the Royals press release:
The switch-hitter played in 123 games for the Rays in 2012, batting .242 with 10 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 33 RBI and 32 runs scored. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder also stole 18 bases in 24 attempts playing mostly at shortstop (68 starts), but also making starts at second base and third base and appearing in the outfield. Johnson is a career .223 hitter in 200 Major League games, all for Tampa Bay.
To make room for the utility infielder, the Royals placed Felipe Paulino on the 60-day DL. Paulino is recovering from Tommy John surgery and is eligible to return on June 1st.