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Chicago Cubs Reed Johnson runs to third on a double by Ryan Theriot in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, Wednesday, July 29, 2009. The Cubs defeated the Astros, 12-0. (Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune/MCT) Photo via Newscom

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Reed Johnson, the top pinch hitter in the National League last season, rejoined the Atlanta Braves on Thursday with a 1.75 million, one-year contract that includes a club option for 2014. The deal was announced two days before Johnson turned 36. Atlanta acquired Johnson and pitcher Paul Maholm from the Chicago Cubs on July 30. Johnson hit a combined .290 with three home runs and 20 RBIs last season. He batted .419 (18 for 43) as a pinch hitter. Johnson is a career .284 hitter with 62 home runs for Toronto, the Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta since making his major league debut in 2003. Johnson gets a 1.6 million salary next season, and the deal includes a 1.6 million team option for 2014 with a 150,000 buyout. He can earn 150,000 in performance bonuses in 2013: 50,000 each for 90, 110 and 130 games played.
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