Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Braves continue to shop third baseman Chris Johnson. The Braves are considering deals in which Johnson would be attached to another player, not unlike the early April deal that sent outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr. to the Padres along with closer Craig Kimbrel.
Rosenthal adds that, despite a need for a third baseman, the Giants aren’t interested in Johnson. However, if the Braves used the same model they used to get the Padres to take Upton, they might coerce the Giants into taking Johnson off of their hands.
Johnson, 30, is owed the remainder of his $6 million salary for the 2015 season, plus $7.5 million in 2016, $9 million in 2017, and $1 million for a buyout in 2018. So far this season, he has hit .229/.272/.313 with one home run and seven RBI in 103 plate appearances. Johnson suffered a fractured hand and bone bruises earlier this season.