Braves cut Johnson, Janish, Martinez

Second baseman Elliot Johnson, third baseman Paul Janish and

right-hander Cristhian Martinez became free agents when the Atlanta

Braves failed to offer 2014 contracts on Monday night.

Johnson batted .261 with 10 RBIs in 92 at-bats this year, when

he earned $520,500. Janish hit .171 with two RBIs in 41 at-bats and

made $725,000.

After pitching in relief on April 3 and 6, Martinez didn’t

appear in another game this season and had shoulder surgery in

July. He had a 7.71 ERA over 2 1-3 innings and earned $749,750.

In addition, Atlanta agreed to one-year contracts with

left-handed reliever Jonny Venters ($1,625,000) and infielder

Ramiro Pena ($700,000). Venters didn’t pitch this year and in May

had elbow-ligament replacement surgery for the second time in his