Kelly Johnson agrees to minor-league deal with Braves

The Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement with utility man Kelly Johnson on a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training with the big league club, as reported by Mark Bowman of

 The #Braves have signed Kelly Johnson to a Minor League deal and given him a Spring Training invite.

— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) January 21, 2015


In 2014, the 32-year-old posted a slash line of .215/.296/.362 in his 297 plate appearances for the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, and Boston Red Sox. His chances of finding regular playing time with the three American League East clubs he played for was hurt by his offensive struggles.

Johnson has previous ties to the Braves organization, as he was selected in the first round (38th overall) by the club in 2000, and spent the first nine seasons of his career in Atlanta. If the Braves can figure out Johnson’s offensive struggles, he could be a nice piece off the bench for a Braves team that is trying to rebuild.

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