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Braves, Johnson agree on deal

2/19/2009 - MLB Kelly Johnson Atlanta Braves + more


KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Atlanta Braves agreed Wednesday on a $2.825 million, 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. The two sides split the difference right down the middle to avoid Thursday's scheduled hearing.

In addition, Johnson would make a $50,000 bonus for 620 plate appearances and $25,000 more for 670.

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