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Braves release Kelly Johnson, bound for St. Louis?

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The Braves decided to non-tender Kelly Johnson, who can now sign with any team Sunday. 

Johnson put up solid numbers in 2007-2008, but couldn't get comfortable at the plate, hitting just .213 before losing his job to Martin Prado.


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - Kelly Johnson 106 303 47 68 20 3 8 29 32 54 7 2 .224 .303 .389

The Braves nearly dealt Johnson to the Cardinals for Ryan Ludwick, but backed out to keep him. Ludwick regressed from his 2008 numbers, but still put up decent power numbers.

The Cardinals have Schumaker at second, but with the opening in left presumably going to someone other than Matt Holliday, Johnson could be brought in at a low price and play second and left, rotation with the now-versatile Schumaker.