Braves 2B Johnson Agrees To New Contract

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have agreed on a
one-year contract with second baseman Kelly Johnson, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing.

Johnson, who made $430,000 last season, was asking for a salary of $3.3 million in arbitration. The Braves countered with an offer of $2.35 million. Financial terms were not immediately available, but the two sides avoided a scheduled hearing Thursday.

Last season, Johnson hit .287 with 12 homers, 69 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He turns 27 on Sunday.

The signing of Johnson left outfielder Jeff Francoeur as the only unsigned player in camp. He is scheduled for an arbitration hearing Friday, seeking a salary of $3.95 million. The Braves have offered $2.8 million.

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