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MLB Rumors: Atlanta Braves sign Chris Johnson to an extension

The Atlanta Braves looked up and down their roster. It had been at least a few weeks since they signed somebody to a contract extension. Things just didn’t feel right.

To remedy that situation, the Braves set their sights on an extension with third baseman Chris Johnson. Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reported that the deal was in the works Thursday afternoon, and now Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is official:

For much of his career Johnson was considered to be a disappointment. He changed all of that with a breakout campaigns in 2012 and 2013, highlighted by a .321 average last season. Johnson has stumbled a bit thus far in 2014, batting .231/.260/.330 through 25 games. That might make the timing of this move a little curious, but the Braves appear to have seen enough to have faith that it is worthwhile to buy out his arbitration years.

Between Johnson, Andrelton Simmons, Freddie Freeman, and Julio Teheran, the Braves have locked up most of their young talent. Off to another hot start this season, there are good vibes in Atlanta and now Johnson will be a fixture at third base.

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  • Sealift67

    Some folks may question this move yet not every position requires a high
    priced investment. FO watching CJ closely sees the adjustments he has made.
    He may not hit .320 again but we can expect .280 or or more and adequate overall
    defense. I see at the moment he’s feeling good 3-3.

    • Sealift67

      As an after thought. Another factor may be similar to a company ‘taking
      a charge’ as they prepare for the financial consequence of sending
      Uggla away.

      • Hayden Kane

        I think those are both great points. If the Braves believe in Johnson then they have no reason to hesitate making this move.