Royals acquire Elliott Johnson from Rays

Kansas City has acquired utility player Elliott Johnson from the
Tampa Bay Rays as the player to be named in the Dec. 9 trade that
sent James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City for top prospects
Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi along with two other minor
leaguers.

The switch-hitting Johnson batted .242 with 10 doubles, six
homers, 33 RBIs, and 18 steals last year with the Rays. The
29-year-old started 68 games at shortstop and also played second,
third and the outfield.

To make room for Johnson on the 40-man big league roster, the
Royals transferred right-hander Felipe Paulino to the 60-day
disabled list. Paulino is rehabbing from elbow surgery and not
expected to pitch before July.