John­son, Braves agree to 2-year deal through 2018

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Closer Jim John­son and the At­lanta Braves have agreed to a two-year con­tract through the 2018 sea­son.

The 33-year-old right-han­der had been el­i­gi­ble for free agency. The deal was an­nounced Sun­day, the fi­nal day of the Braves’ sea­son.

John­son pro­vides a sta­bi­liz­ing in­flu­ence on the young bullpen, and the team was ea­ger to keep him around as it pre­pares to move to a new sta­dium in 2017. John­son is 2-6 with a 3.11 ERA with 19 saves in 22 chances.

Gen­eral man­ager John Cop­polella said ne­go­ti­a­tions with John­son were pushed along by the Braves’ strong fin­ish.

The GM says it was im­por­tant to have a vet­eran reliever on a team that ex­pects to be a play­off con­tender the next cou­ple of years.

John­son says he’s ex­cited about the next chap­ter for the or­ga­ni­za­tion af­ter what he de­scribes as “a de­vel­op­ment year.”

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