July 26, 2009 at 5:12 pm by Capitol Avenue Club under Atlanta Braves, Transactions
All week I’ll be doing updates concerning the trade deadline and the Braves. Chipper Jones was given the day off today (routine) and Kelly Johnson got the start at 2B (Prado shifting to 3rd). Johnson had a heck of a game, going 3-4 with 2 doubles, a walk, and a no-doubter home run. This performance has certainly helped Johnson’s trade value. The club considers him expendable now that Prado has solidified himself at 2B and Kelly serving as a back-up. Though this could motivate the club to keep Kelly to play 2B when Chipper, Prado, or Kotchman needs a day off (with Prado playing 3rd or 1st on Chipper or Kotchman’s respective days off). Kelly could also see some time in the outfield, filling in at either corner. Teams that could be looking at Kelly Johnson include the Indians, White Sox, Twins, Angels, Diamondbacks, Cubs, Giants, and Cardinals. The Braves could move Johnson for relief help, a power-bat at either corner OF or 1B, or prospects.
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