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Chris Johnson | Third Baseman

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 222
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Giants "remain interested" in Chris Johnson.
They have an opening at the hot corner after losing out on the Pablo Sandoval and Chase Headley sweepstakes, but it's debatable as to how much of an upgrade Johnson would be. The 30-year-old batted just .263/.292/.361 in 2014 for Atlanta and is a career .283/.319/.419 hitter over six seasons. Dec 19 - 1:35 PM

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According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Braves have not tried to package Chris Johnson in trade talks about Justin Upton.

This refutes a report from USA Today's Bob Nightengale, who said the two were being floated to some teams as a tandem. O'Brien does confirm that the Braves are shopping Johnson, but as a separate piece to Upton. Johnson, 30, batted just .263/.292/.361 in 2014 for Atlanta. The third baseman signed a $23.5 million contract extension in May.
Dec 9 - 10:03 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Braves are packaging Chris Johnson with Justin Upton in trade talks with teams.

Johnson is likely only being talked about with a few teams, as he wouldn't seem to be a fit on all the clubs reportedly interested in Upton. The Braves, not surprisingly, are already having buyer's remorse after inking Johnson to a $23.5 million extension in May. The 30-year-old hit just .263/.292/.361 in 2014 and probably should be more of a part-time player.
Dec 8 - 11:21 PM

Chris Johnson hit his 10th home run of the season in Friday's loss to the Phillies.

Johnson padded the Braves' lead to 4-0 with a fourth-inning, two-run home run to left field off of Jerome Williams. It was the first time he had gone deep since August 27. Johnson has had a subpar year after batting .321 in 2013. He's hitting .265/.295/.364 with 58 RBI.
Sep 26 - 9:57 PM

Chris Johnson (back) is not in Thursday's lineup against the Pirates.

Johnson left Wednesday's game with a lower back strain and will get some rest Thursday. He's feeling better and expects to play Friday. Phil Gosselin will start at third base Thursday while Ramiro Pena will play second.
Sep 25 - 4:32 PM

Chris Johnson left Wednesday's game against the Pirates due to a lower back strain.

Phil Gosselin replaced Johnson at third base to start the sixth inning, and now we know why. The Braves are calling Johnson day-to-day with the injury.
Sep 24 - 9:45 PM

Chris Johnson hit a two-run double and scored a run in Sunday's win over the Padres.

Johnson knocked a bases-loaded double in the third inning, and he scored the Braves' sixth run later in the inning. The two runs driven in were the continuation of a strong month for the third baseman, who now has 22 RBI in July after driving in 24 in the first three months of the season combined. Johnson is hitting .273/.295/.385 with eight home runs and 46 RBI overall.
Jul 27 - 10:05 PM

Chris Johnson hit a two-run home run, his only hit in three at-bats, in a losing effort against the Marlins on Thursday.

Johnson took Henderson Alvarez yard in the second inning to give the Braves an early 2-0 lead. It's been a rough year for Johnson, but he has been swinging a better bat in July -- he has five home runs in the month, as compared to three between April and June. Overall, he's slashing .277/.299/.389 with eight home runs and 42 RBI.
Jul 24 - 9:50 PM

Chris Johnson had three hits -- including a home run -- three RBI and three runs scored in the Braves' 10-7 win over the Cubs on Sunday.

It's been a big few days for the third baseman, who's got three home runs, seven RBI and five runs scored over the past two games. The strong finish to the first half leaves Johnson with a .277/.301/.378 line. Johnson hit 15 home runs in 488 at-bats in 2012, so maybe the sudden outburst bodes well for his power production in the second half.
Jul 13 - 8:11 PM

Chris Johnson homered twice Saturday as the Braves won an 11-6 shootout against the Cubs.

Both starting pitchers were terrible on a day that the flood gates opened early and often at Wrigley Field. Johnson hit a two-run shot off Edwin Jackson in the top of the second inning and then took E-Jax deep again in the top of the fourth. He finished the afternoon with four RBI.
Jul 12 - 7:24 PM

Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with a three-run double in Wednesday's win over the Mets.

Johnson cleared the bases with a first-inning double against Jacob deGrom. They were the only three runs the Braves would score, but it was enough for the win. It's been a tough season for Johnson, but he has been swinging the bat better lately, having notched multi-hit games in three out of his last five contests. Overall, he's slashing .284/.304/.366 with three home runs and 27 RBI.
Jul 2 - 10:38 PM

Chris Johnson extended his hitting streak to nine games on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with an RBI in a win over the Astros.

Johnson extended the streak with an RBI double in the second inning. During the nine-game stretch, Johnson is 15-for-37 (.405) with four doubles and four RBI. The hitter has raised his overall line to .284/.303/.367, and we may soon see him move back up in the batting order to capitalize on his hot bat.
Jun 24 - 11:51 PM

Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with three RBI in Thursday's win over the Nationals.

Johnson helped the Braves avoid falling to .500, knocking in two with a single in the fourth inning and another with a single in the eighth. It was more than enough for Gavin Floyd and the bullpen. Johnson has had multiple hits in seven of his last 11 games, and is now slashing .278/.297/.359 with 20 RBI overall.
Jun 19 - 10:03 PM

Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 with two RBI against the Rockies on Monday.

Even with a .260 average, Johnson has been one of the league's worst regulars this year thanks to his usual subpar defense, a pathetic walk rate (60/5 K/BB in 231 AB) and very limited power (11 doubles, zero triples, two homers). At least he was okay tonight, though.
Jun 10 - 1:45 AM

Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run against the Rockies on Sunday.

The homer was just Johnson's second this year and his first since the third game of the season. It's been a disappointing season for the third baseman after a breakout 2013, as he's hitting .264/.286/.354 with 11 RBI and 11 runs scored in 48 games. He's not a mixed league entity at this stage of the season.
May 25 - 10:06 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Bethancourt
2Gerald Laird
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Alberto Callaspo
2Phil Gosselin
3Jose Peraza
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Pedro Ciriaco
3B1Chris Johnson
2Kyle Kubitza
LF1Evan Gattis
2Ryan Doumit
3Zoilo Almonte
CF1B.J. Upton
2Emilio Bonifacio
3Jose Constanza
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Shelby Miller
4Alex Wood
5David Hale
6Tyrell Jenkins
7Williams Perez
8Yean Carlos Gil
9Chien-Ming Wang
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Jason Grilli
3David Carpenter
4James Russell
5Shae Simmons
6Luis Avilan
7Juan Jaime
8Chasen Shreve
9Jim Johnson
10Arodys Vizcaino
11Michael Kohn
12Ian Thomas
13Brandon Cunniff
14Donnie Veal