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Kelly Johnson | Second Baseman | #55

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/22/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 196
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Supplemental (Rd. 300) / ATL
Contract: view contract details
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David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Kelly Johnson could platoon at third base with Adonis Garcia.
It likely wouldn't be a strict platoon, as the Braves seem to want to see what they have with Garcia, who slugged 10 homers over 198 plate appearances last season. Either way, Johnson is in line to play a bunch with his ability to fill in all over the infield and at the corner outfield spots. The Braves could again wind up shipping him to a contender at the deadline. Jan 10 - 9:07 AM

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Braves signed INF/OF Kelly Johnson to a one-year, $2 million contract.

The deal was reported earlier this month and is now official. Johnson reached the majors as a Brave and spent the first half of last season with Atlanta before being traded to the Mets at the deadline. He hit .265/.314/.435 with 14 homers in 2015 and would figure to play quite a bit for the rebuilding Braves.
Jan 8 - 3:16 PM

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves and Kelly Johnson have agreed to a one-year deal, pending a physical.

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan hears that the deal is worth $2 million and carries $1.25 million worth of incentives. This will be Johnson's third stint with the Braves. The soon-to-be 34-year-old spent the first half of last season with Atlanta before being traded to the Mets. He figures to serve in a super utility role for the rebuilding club, though he could ultimately become trade bait once again.
Jan 6 - 11:35 AM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution hears that there's a "better than 50/50 chance" that the Braves will sign Kelly Johnson.

This comes on the heels of a report from MLB.com's Mark Bowman which stated the two sides were having ongoing discussions. Johnson hit .265/.314/.435 with 14 homers for the Braves and Mets last season while making starts at six different positions. The veteran utility player would figure to play quite a bit for the rebuilding Braves, and they could potentially again flip him to a contender at the trade deadline.
Jan 5 - 5:55 PM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves are having "continued discussions" with Kelly Johnson.

Johnson reached the majors as a Brave and spent the first half of last season with Atlanta before being traded to the Mets at the deadline. It would be a good landing spot for the soon-to-be 34-year-old, as plenty of playing time should be available both at second and third base. Johnson hit .265/.314/.435 with 14 homers for the Braves and Mets last season while making starts at six different positions.
Jan 5 - 5:14 PM

Marc Carig of Newsday hears that it's still possible the Mets could bring back Kelly Johnson.

The Mets' lack of depth was exposed early on in 2015, so it would be a good idea to retain Johnson, who can serve as insurance for third base, second base, and first base while also playing the outfield. The 33-year-old batted .265 with 14 home runs and a .750 OPS this past season between the Braves and Mets.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 01:29:00 PM

Kelly Johnson will serve as designated hitter for the Mets in Game 1 of the World Series against the Royals on Tuesday.

As expected, Johnson will DH against right-hander Edinson Volquez. Mets manager Terry Collins will hit him ninth in the order. The full lineup: Curtis Granderson RF, David Wright 3B, Daniel Murphy 2B, Yoenis Cespedes CF, Lucas Duda 1B, Travis d'Arnaud C, Michael Conforto LF, Wilmer Flores SS, Johnson DH. Matt Harvey will start Game 1 for New York.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 02:46:00 PM

Kelly Johnson will DH for the Mets in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night in Kansas City.

Johnson is 1-for-6 with four strikeouts so far in the 2015 playoffs, but the Mets will hope the veteran left-handed hitter can provide some pop against Royals Game 1 starter Edinson Volquez, a right-hander. Johnson, 33, batted .250/.304/.414 with five home runs in 138 regular-season at-bats for the National League champions.
Mon, Oct 26, 2015 04:05:00 PM

Kelly Johnson went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles and two strikeouts in Friday's 11-inning loss to the Marlins.

Johnson collected RBI singles in the sixth and ninth innings. The latter was a big one, as it tied the game at 5-5 with two outs and forced extras. Johnson's done a nice job with limited playing time this season, hitting .266/.313/.435 with 12 homers and 44 RBI between the Braves and Mets.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 11:18:00 PM

Kelly Johnson went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI in Thursday's win over the Rockies.

Johnson did a little bit of everything in this one. Both of his doubles drove in singular runs, and his solo homer in the fifth accounted for the other RBI on his line. The veteran is hitting .263/.308/.446 with 11 homers and 39 RBI this season.
Thu, Aug 13, 2015 03:47:00 PM

Kelly Johnson is starting at second base and batting cleanup in his Mets debut on Saturday.

Fellow addition Juan Uribe is not in the starting lineup against Zach Lee and the Dodgers on Saturday. The 33-year-old was hitting .275 with nine homers and 34 RBI with the Braves and should be a decent run producer if he finds a way to stick in the middle of the Mets lineup.
Sat, Jul 25, 2015 03:26:00 PM

Mets acquired INF/OF Kelly Johnson, INF Juan Uribe and cash considerations from the Braves for RHP John Gant and RHP Robert Whalen.

The 33-year-old has done a nice job for the Braves this season, slashing .275/.321/.451 with nine homers and 34 RBI in 62 games. With the ability to play three infield positions and either corner outfield spot, he adds a nice versatile piece to the Mets bench while providing an offensive upgrade.
Fri, Jul 24, 2015 11:33:00 PM

Kelly Johnson went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a run scored Friday against the Cubs.

Johnson is now batting .400 (12-for-30) with three home runs and 12 RBI over his last 10 games. He's been a pleasant surprise for the Braves this season and makes for a decent short-term addition in deeper mixed fantasy leagues while Freddie Freeman makes his way back from a wrist injury.
Fri, Jul 17, 2015 11:11:00 PM

Kelly Johnson went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer Friday against the Rockies.

It was the only offense of the game for the Braves. Johnson has homered in three out of his last five games and owns a surprising .277/.320/.464 batting line on the year. He's filling in for Freddie Freeman at first base and has hit cleanup in four straight games, so those in deeper mixed fantasy leagues should give him a look.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 12:42:00 AM

Kelly Johnson went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a two-run home run to help the Braves fend off the Brewers on Monday.

Johnson started the scoring with a two-run blast to right-field off of Kyle Lohse in the first inning. He added an RBI single in the second inning to make it a 4-1 game. The 33-year-old has cooled off considerably since being activated from the disabled list a month ago, but is still hitting a respectable .272/.315/.437 with seven home runs and 28 RBI.
Mon, Jul 6, 2015 11:42:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1A.J. Pierzynski
2Tyler Flowers
3Ryan Lavarnway
4Matt Kennelly
5Braeden Schlehuber
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Jace Peterson
2Gordon Beckham
3Emilio Bonifacio
4Chase d'Arnaud
SS1Erick Aybar
2Daniel Castro
3B1Adonis Garcia
2Kelly Johnson
3Reid Brignac
LF1Hector Olivera
2Nick Swisher
3Matt Tuiasosopo
CF1Ender Inciarte
2Michael Bourn
3Mallex Smith
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Matt Wisler
3Manny Banuelos
4Bud Norris
5Michael Foltynewicz
6Williams Perez
7Kyle Kendrick
8Jhoulys Chacin
9Casey Kelly
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Jason Grilli
3Jim Johnson
4Alexi Ogando
5Shae Simmons
6Chris Withrow
7David Carpenter
8Alex Torres
9Jose Ramirez
10Daniel Winkler
11Paco Rodriguez
12Ian Krol
13Daniel Burawa
14Carlos Torres