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


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.