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Braves decline Reed Johnson's option for 2014

What the bench looks like next season is anyone's guess at this point.

Daniel Shirey

As baseball's offseason basically began on Monday, the Braves announced that Reed Johnson's 2014 option was declined. If accepted, Atlanta would've paid the 37-year-old outfielder $1.6 million next season. The two settled on a $150K buyout.

While the option wasn't picked up, there's apparently still a chance he would come back, though it would have to be for less money.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say I don't think he'll be back in 2014, but we'll see.

Johnson came to Atlanta as part of the Paul Maholm trade. He appeared in 114 games and recorded 223 at-bats while splitting time at the three outfield positions. While he didn't exactly have a huge role in the offense, his OPS+ of 74 the last two seasons was pretty mediocre.

I will always remember Reed for his celebration after Jason Heyward's game-winning catch at Citi Field earlier this year, which you can kind of see here:


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