Atlanta Braves Breaking News:
Free agent outfielder, Reed Johnson, has agreed to return to the Atlanta Braves in 2013, on a one-year contract deal with a 2014 club option. The financial terms have not been announced.
Johnson, 36, hit .270 last season with the Braves after coming to Atlanta on July 30th along with left-handed starter, Paul Maholm, in a deal with the Chicago Cubs.
Johnson hit .290 overall on the season, and led the National League and was second in the majors in pinch-hitting, with a .419 average (18 for 43).
Should the Braves not acquire a left fielder before Opening Day, Johnson could potentially platoon in left against left-handed pitching, with Martin Prado playing third base. Against right-handed pitching, Prado would play left, with Juan Francisco playing third base.
On raw numbers alone, Johnson is an upgrade as an outfielder and right-handed hitter from Matt Diaz. Johnson has hit over .300 against lefties the past seven seasons.
Johnson has a .284 lifetime batting average, with 62 home in 10 seasons, and is considered a very good defensive outfielder. He gives Braves’ manager Fredi Gonzalez flexibility in that he can play all three outfield positions.