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Kelly Johnson Bolsters Braves Roster

Kelly Johnson Atlanta Braves

Kelly Johnson has re-signed with the Braves and that is no insignificant move.  Johnson returned to the Braves due to his love for the organization and his residence being in Atlanta.

What I really like about Johnson is his National League stats are solid.  In 3389 ABs he has hit .260, .339 OBP and .441 slugging percentage with 103 home runs.  His American League numbers are significantly less and his time spent in the junior circuit have hurt Johnson’s career and reputation.

The Braves have reacquired a very productive National League player.

While it is always easy to be critical, the Braves are rewarded here with a very productive player who has tremendous respect for the people who make the Braves organization.  In other words, the Braves have earned Johnson’s business.

What team can’t use a player who can play five different positions well, hit for decent average, power and on-base percentage.  Johnson started at first, second, third, right field and left field last season.  He is also considered an excellent teammate and clubhouse presence.

Johnson was signed for a one-year contract, I’m surprised he didn’t hold out for at least two years based on last year’s production.  Kelly Johnson hit .265 with 14 homers and 47 RBIs overall last season in 335 at bats.  His numbers were even better in his stint in Atlanta, .275 average, 9 homers and 34 RBIs in 197 at bats.

Johnson, you will recall, was traded along with Juan Uribe to the Mets last July 25 for minor league pitchers John Gant and Rob Whalen.

To make room for Johnson, the Braves placed Joey Terdoslavich on waivers.  He was immediately claimed by the Baltimore Orioles.

Spring Training News

The Braves announced their 2016 non-roster spring invitees this week.  The 27 player list is a potpourri of  veterans and prospects who will be vying for open roster spots.

Top position prospects include infielders Ozhaino Albies (Ozzie), Dansby Swanson and Rio Ruiz and outfielder Braxton Davidson.

Top pitching prospects include right-handed pitchers Aaron Blair, Lucas Sims and Chris Ellis; fire-balling lefty Sean Newcomb will also be in attendance.

Other non-roster invitees include left-handed pitchers Hunter Cervenka, David Holmberg and Alex Torres.  Right-handed pitchers are David Carpenter, Jhoulys Chacin, Ryan Kelly, Kyle Kendrick, Alexi Ogando, Chris Volstad and Madison Younginer.

Apparently the Braves are searching hard for back-up catcher depth as they have invited five catchers:  Willians Astudillo, Matt Kennelly, Ryan Lavarnway, Joseph Odom and Braeden Schlehuber.

Non-roster infielders include Reid Brignac, Chase d’Arnaud, Nate Freiman.  Outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo is also invited.

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