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
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.