Braves still trying to find a taker for Johnson

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The Braves are holding out hope that
they can find a taker for second baseman Kelly Johnson before tonight’s
non-tender deadline,
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports.



Johnson, 27, batted .224/.303/.389
with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 303 at-bats with the Braves in ’09,
losing his starting second base job to Martin Prado (.307/.358/.464).
He made $2.825 million last season, and figures to make between $2-3
million again next season.




Johnson was another player featured in my recent “Non-tender tango” series, and I see the Twins as a good fit if he’s cut loose later tonight.

Video: Ramon Torres hits little league home run in first at-bat of season

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The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.

In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.

The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.