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Elliot Johnson recently signed a Minor League deal with the Indians that included an invite to Spring Training.

"I think it's a good opportunity for me," said Johnson, who hopes to earn a spot coming off the Indians' bench. The former Rays utility man played five positions in 2013 while with the Royals and Braves. As a member of the Royals last season, he hit .435 with two home runs and five RBIs in six games against the Rays.

Carlos Pena is another former Rays favorite looking to earn a roster spot this year. After spending 2013 with the Astros and Royals, he has signed a Minor League deal with the Angels, complete with an invite to Spring Training. Pena is coming off a down season that saw him hit .207 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs.

"I think the more I looked for answers, the further I got away from the truth," Pena said of his struggles. The Angels will be looking at Pena as a candidate to play some first base and serve as a designated hitter and pinch-hitter.

Sam Fuld is still a free agent, but the former Rays outfielder remains loyal to the Tampa Bay area. This weekend, he will hold his annual Diabetes Sports Camp for kids 8-17 at the University of South Florida. Fuld, who has Type I diabetes, will be hosting the event for a third straight year.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for
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