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Braves sign Reed Johnson to one-year deal with option

Dec 6, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

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Even though Reed Johnson struggled after coming over from the Cubs in the Paul Maholm-Arodys Vizcaino deal in July, the Braves saw something they liked. They re-signed the veteran outfielder to a one-year deal with a club option for 2014.

Johnson, who turns 36 later this week, hit .302/.355/.444 in 169 at-bats for the Cubs last season, but he came in at .270/.305/.320 with no homers and just three walks in 100 at-bats for the Braves.

Used to coming off the bench, Johnson has played in at least 100 games but received no more than 270 at-bats three years running now. He’s hit over .300 against lefties each of the last seven years.

The Braves will view Johnson as an upgrade from Matt Diaz as a right-handed-hitting reserve. They’re still on the lookout for a starting left fielder to play alongside B.J. Upton and Jason Heyward.

  1. mississippimusicman - Dec 6, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Um, who’s Jordan Heyward?

    • tuberippin - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      They stitched Jason Heyward and Jordan Schaefer together

    • Matthew Pouliot - Dec 6, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      Whoops. Been a long week.

  2. innout10 - Dec 6, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Great pickup… Bench is pretty firm… Need to bring in the right LF as we will be in good shape

  3. treye2 - Dec 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Jordan Heyward. Haha, I think you mean Jason.

  4. jaysjunkie - Dec 6, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    I always hated the fact the Jays released him back in ’08. Really miss watching this guy and his hustle.

  5. cubfan531 - Dec 6, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    There’s tens of thousands of people out there who would give anything to be able to post a .270/.305/.320 in the major leagues, let alone “struggle” and wind up with those results.

  6. vanindeed - Dec 6, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    No questioning this guys hustle.

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