The New York Yankees are closing in on a deal with free agent second baseman Kelly Johnson, according to multiple reports.
The team is reportedly looking at Johnson as an insurance policy in the event it cannot reach a deal to re-sign prized free agent Robinson Cano.
Johnson, 31, can also play third base and outfield. He batted .235 with 16 home runs and a .715 OPS with the Tampa Bay Rays this year.
The New York Post reported Wednesday that the Yankees offered Johnson a one-year deal worth nearly $3 million.
The Yankees mainly view Johnson as a utility player. If they cannot sign Cano, they may pursue Omar Infante as a starting second baseman. The club reportedly wants to stick to no more than seven years and $175 million for Cano.
Infante batted .318 with 10 homers and 51 RBIs in 118 games with the Detroit Tigers this year.
The Yankees previously re-signed infielder Brendan Ryan. After signing Johnson, the club will likely have infielder Eduardo Nunez start the season at Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.