Diaz agrees to $2.55M, 1-year deal with Braves

Outfielder Matt Diaz agreed Saturday to a $2.55 million,

one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves, who let second baseman

Kelly Johnson go free by failing to offer a 2010 contract.

Diaz hit .313 with 13 homers and 58 RBIs last season, when he

made $1,237,500.

Johnson batted .224 eight homers and 29 RBIs, losing his

starting job to Martin Prado. He can sign with any team starting


Atlanta also failed to offer a contract to outfielder Ryan

Church, who was designated for assignment earlier in the week.

Acquired from the New York Mets on July 10 for Jeff Francoeur,

Church hit .260 with two homers and 18 RBIs in 44 games with the


Relievers Boone Logan and Peter Moylan remain as unsigned

arbitration-eligible players on Atlanta’s 40-man roster.