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Report: Braves, Chris Johnson agree to three-year extension

May 1, 2014, 7:24 PM EDT

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According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Braves have signed third baseman Chris Johnson to a three-year extension with a club option for 2018. This confirms a report from Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors.

No word yet on the exact terms involved, but the deal will buy out his final two years of arbitration and at least one year of free agency. Johnson is making $4.75 million this season in his second year of arbitration. Because he was a Super Two player, he gets four years of arbitration as opposed to the usual three.

Johnson is hitting just .231 with one home run and a .590 OPS so far this season, but he owns a .286/.324/.433 batting line in the majors and had a career-high .321 batting average last year. The 29-year-old is just the latest player to be locked up by the Braves, joining Freddie Freeman, Andrelton Simmons, Julio Teheran, and Craig Kimbrel.

  1. renaado - May 1, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Definitely a nice deal for both the Johnson and the Braves here. Defensively he has been great with the Braves with only 1 error in 204 innings so far this season. Offensively he hasn’t found his stroke yet on what he has done last season, but now I’m positive he’ll find that knowin the Braves trust his abilities on what he could do.

    • biasedhomer - May 1, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      Last year was a fluke. His bat is below average, this year he is regressing more to his career norms.

      He is what he is, a backup 3B.

      • renaado - May 2, 2014 at 12:19 AM

        Well, let’s just see. A backup 3rd baseman may no longer be his title anymore. I’m sure this contract will work out for the both of em.

  2. bobulated - May 1, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Because when you have a chance to lock up an average poor defensive 3B with no range who lives and dies by BABIP and had one outlier season, you gotta do it. And I say that as long time Braves fan.
    *Sigh*

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 2, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      Without knowing the exact terms of the deal, I don’t know how this can be THAT upsetting. It’s not like quality third basemen are just growing on trees.

      • bobulated - May 2, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        Unfortunately CJ is not a quality 3B, he’s the definition of a replacement level 3B and certainly not worth 8 million a year.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 2, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        Didn’t say he was quality. Said quality is pretty hard to come by.

        Knowing the money now, I’m not crazy about it, but it’s hardly the end of the world either. Certainly not worth the dramatics of your initial reaction.

      • bobulated - May 4, 2014 at 1:09 AM

        Your point being since quality is hard to come by, pay a replacement guy like he his quality?
        It’s certainly not the end of the world, that would have been if they extended Uggla 3 more years, but that being said there was no reason to do this deal when they could have let him remain in arbitration and assess his offense and defense from year to year while seeing what developed in the minors.

    • paperlions - May 2, 2014 at 9:28 AM

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  3. oms0004 - May 2, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    Former Astros great.

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