Atlanta Braves re-sign outfielder Reed Johnson

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Braves re-signed outfielder Reed Johnson to a one-year deal with a club option for 2014.

The Atlanta Braves are keeping utility outfielder Reed Johnson around at least another season. The team announced through its official Twitter feed Thursday that it has agreed to a one-year contract with Johnson, with a club option for 2014.

The Braves traded for Johnson in July in a deal that also brought Paul Maholm to Atlanta for relief prospect Arodys Vizcaino, knowing the outfielder would be at least a rental as he was set to hit free agency. But the versatile backup seemed to be in general manager Frank Wren's plans for longer than that, as now he'll stick around for at least 2013.

Johnson was one of the best pinch-hitters in baseball last season while accruing an overall slash line of .290/.337/.398, mostly as a backup.

The Braves are currently working to fill a void in their lineup in either left field or third base, with Martin Prado filling in at the other spot. Johnson could prove as insurance in left if the team isn't able to fill the vacancy with a trade or another free agent signing to go along with new center fielder B.J. Upton. The team is also looking to fill at least one more bench vacancy after left-handed hitting Eric Hinske signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Atlanta

You must be a member of SB Nation Atlanta to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Atlanta. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.