The Braves continue to push third baseman Chris Johnson in trade proposals, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Rosenthal notes that Atlanta is looking to package Johnson with another player of more value for salary purposes, similar to how the club packaged Melvin Upton Jr. with Craig Kimbrel in the April blockbuster that sent that pair to San Diego.
According to the Rosenthal, the Giants do not have interest in Johnson at this time, likely due to the emergence of Matt Duffy as a productive everyday player. Atlanta tried to package Johnson with Justin Upton in offseason trade talks, with the Royals and Giants both showing some interest at that time.
Johnson has struggled all season for the Braves, hitting only .229/.272/.313 with one homer while losing playing time to Jose Uribe at the hot corner. Johnson has spent some time at first base for the club in the absence of Freddie Freeman.
The Mets and Angels are among the teams who could be looking for corner infield upgrades at the trade deadline, though it is unknown if Atlanta has had talks with either club. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reported in late June that the team was willing to pay a substantial amount of Johnson's remaining salary (about $20 million through the 2017 season) to facilitate a deal, though there was little interest in him at the time.