Reed Johnson stays with Braves on $1.75M deal

Reed Johnson, the top pinch hitter in the National League last

season, rejoined the Atlanta Braves on Thursday with a $1.75

million, one-year contract that includes a club option for


The deal was announced two days before Johnson turned 36.

Atlanta acquired Johnson and pitcher Paul Maholm from the

Chicago Cubs on July 30. Johnson hit a combined .290 with three

home runs and 20 RBIs last season. He batted .419 (18 for 43) as a

pinch hitter.

Johnson is a career .284 hitter with 62 home runs for Toronto,

the Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta since making his

major league debut in 2003.

Johnson gets a $1.6 million salary next season, and the deal

includes a $1.6 million team option for 2014 with a $150,000

buyout. He can earn $150,000 in performance bonuses in 2013:

$50,000 each for 90, 110 and 130 games played.