Braves re-sign Johnson...Haren heads to NationalsUNDATED (AP) - The top pinch hitter in the National League last season is staying with the Braves. Reed Johnson has inked a $1.75 million, one-year contract that includes a club option for 2014.
Atlanta acquired Johnson from the Chicago Cubs on July 30. He hit a combined .290 with three home runs and 20 RBIs last season while going 18 for 43 as a pinch hitter.
Johnson is a career .284 hitter with 62 home runs since making his major league debut in 2003.
Elsewhere around the majors:
- Veteran pitcher Dan Haren has agreed to a one-year contract with the NL East champion Nationals. The 32-year-old right-hander was a free agent after going 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA in 30 starts for the Los Angeles Angels in 2012. Haren is 119-97 with a 3.66 ERA with four clubs in the majors and was an All-Star in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
- Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $2.85 million, one-year contract that avoids salary arbitration. That's just a little more than what the speedy outfielder made this year when he was limited to 31 at-bats because of a right elbow injury that sidelined him from mid-April until late September.
- From St. Louis we get word that the Cardinals and Randy Choate have finalized a $7.5 million, three-year contract. The 37-year-old left-hander tied for the major league lead with 80 pitching appearances this year while playing for the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers.
- The Chicago Cubs have finalized a $9.5 million, two-year contract with Japanese pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa. The 32-year-old right-hander had 220 saves in 12 seasons with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League.
--The Boston Red Sox have obtained right-hander Graham Godfrey from the Oakland Athletics, completing a trade for right-hander Sandy Rosario. Godfrey was 9-2 with a 3.29 ERA and one save last season with Triple-A Sacramento.
-Right-hander Brandon McCarthy has reached agreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a $15.5 million, two-year contract, pending a physical. That's according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. McCarthy, who was hit in the right side of the head by a line drive on Sept. 5, sustained an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture, then underwent a two-hour surgery. McCarthy went 8-6 with a 3.24 ERA this year.
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