Over the past several months the Atlanta Braves‘ roster has gone through a complete overhaul as several key players have been dealt in exchange for young talent as well as some bad contracts being unloaded as well during this rebuild. The Braves are looking to offload another bad deal as they are still actively shopping veteran third baseman Chris Johnson as reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
The veteran joined the Braves in the blockbuster deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks that saw them net outfielder Justin Upton. Johnson was included in that deal. In his first year with the Braves he compiled an impressive .321/.358/.457 slash line in the 2013 season. He was rewarded for his impressive season by getting inked to a three-year, $23.5 million extension in the 2014 offseason. Since then his production has tailed off. He is struggling badly this season as he is only managing a .229/.272/.313 batting line. He’s missed some time due to injury but is not playing well at all and has become a liability at this point for the Braves He has not been able to duplicate his impressive 2013 season.
The Braves are trying to get creative in how they can dump him on another team. Their best option seems to be attaching him to a more valuable player and make him collateral in the deal in order for another team to acquire any true talent in a potential trade. No deal is close at this point but the Braves will most certainly be intensifying their efforts to offload Johnson before the trade deadline.