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Sox send Johnson to Orioles for infielder Weeks

Clubs also swap Minor Leaguers as De Jesus rejoins Boston organization

Sox send Johnson to Orioles for infielder Weeks

ST. PETERSBURG -- Kelly Johnson's stint with the Red Sox was a short one. Almost a month to the day they acquired him from the Yankees for Stephen Drew, Boston dealt Johnson to the Orioles for infielder/outfielder Jemile Weeks and Minor League infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr.

Johnson will now complete his tour of the American League East after already having played for Boston, New York, Toronto and Tampa Bay.

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"Yeah, it was crazy," said Johnson. "Obviously I'll be familiar with the surroundings. It's exciting. It's cool to be in the playoffs or to be on a team that's in first and going to the playoffs. I'll be excited to get there and try to contribute and do some good things."

After losing Manny Machado for the season, the Orioles needed some more depth at third base.

The Red Sox also included Minor League third baseman Michael Almanzar in the deal.

The 27-year-old Weeks will report directly to the Red Sox, while De Jesus will go to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Weeks played just three games for the Orioles this season, hitting .273. He is the younger brother of Brewers infielder Ricky Weeks.

Once a highly touted prospect, Weeks was a first-round Draft pick by the A's in 2008.

This is the second stint in the Boston organization for De Jesus, who was part of the Adrian Gonzalez-Josh Beckett-Carl Crawford blockbuster of Aug. 25, 2012. He played in eight games for the Red Sox in the final month of 2012, going 0-for-8.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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