The Chris Johnson era could be coming to a close in the very near future.
When we last heard from the embattled corner infielder, the Atlanta Braves were continuing to shop his contract to anyone and everyone around the league, but now, Johnson is on board and wanting to gain his freedom from the organization, according to a report from MLB.com's Mark Bowman.
"In some ways, it's nerve-wracking because you never know what to expect every day when you go to the park," Johnson said. "It's been a frustrating year. From the beginning of the offseason, it's been really pretty clear that the team has no interest in getting me back to form or to give me regular playing time."
It should come as no surprise that Johnson would like to be moved, as he has appeared in only 45 games (123 plate appearances) this season. However, the 30-year-old Johnson has been a subpar contributor over the past two seasons, posting a .263/.292/.361 slash line with porous defense in 2014, and struggling to a .243/.285/.322 slash line in limited duty during the 2015 season.
The biggest issue with Johnson is, of course, his contract. He is owed $16.5 million over the next two seasons (2016 and 2017) plus an additional $1 million buyout should the team decline (and they certainly will) his 2018 club option. In short, he is virtually replacement-level at this point in his career, and given that he is on the wrong side of the aging curve, the two parties now appear to be in lockstep toward moving Johnson out of town as soon as possible.
Stay tuned for the latest.