The Braves have agreed to sign infielder Kelly Johnson to a 1-year, $2 million deal, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. The deal includes $1.5 million in available incentives.
Johnson was linked to the Braves in reports on Tuesday, and will go back to Atlanta for a third stint with the club. He has the ability to play every infield position and both corner outfield spots, providing versatility for a rebuilding Braves club. Johnson may also be a trade bait for Atlanta for a second straight season, as the Braves dealt him to the Mets at last year's non-waiver trade deadline.
Johnson played well last year, hitting .265/.314/.435 with 14 home runs and 47 RBI in 111 games for the Braves and Mets. He is a veteran of ten major-league seasons with the Braves (2005-09, 2015),Diamondbacks (2010-11), Blue Jays (2011-12), Rays (2013), Yankees (2014), Red Sox(2014), Orioles (2014) and Mets (2015). He has appeared with six teams in the last three seasons and is a lifetime .251/.331/.424 hitter in 1,268 career games.