The Atlanta Braves tried to trade Chris Johnson and were willing to take on a significant portion of his contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Heyman didn’t name any teams that Atlanta contacted.
Johnson, 30, signed an extension with the Braves worth $23.5 million over three seasons following a great 2013 season. He hit .321 with 12 homers and 68 RBIs that season and finished second in the race for the batting title. He has struggled the past year and a half, hitting a measly .233 this season.
Johnson has not had much playing time this season due to an injury and Juan Uribe, who was traded to the Braves a few weeks ago. It looks like he want get much playing time in the future either with the success of Jace Peterson, who might be a candidate to move to third base if the team decides to keep top prospect Jose Peraza at second. Uribe will also be a free agent after this season.
For now Johnson will remain a Brave but it’s definitely something to watch as we approach the trade deadline.