Atlanta’s Chris Johnson has drawn only 16 starts this season at third base and 11 at first base, and he’s batting .258/.297/.342 in 128 plate appearances when he does play. He wants a change of scenery, as he told the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s David O’Brien this week …
“I’d be lying if I said I understood it,” Johnson said of his diminished playing time. “It just seems like there was a point from the end of last year where, you know, the ship has kind of sailed, and it was just hard. So hopefully something (a trade) gets done.”
Johnson had a .653 OPS, 10 home runs, and 58 RBI in 153 games last season as the Braves’ everyday third baseman and an .816 OPS with 12 homers and 68 RBI in 142 games the year before.
Johnson is owed $7.5 million in 2016 and $9 million in 2017, so it may be a little tough to find a taker.