Even in August trades can get done, and today the Atlanta Braves were able to unload the salary of Chris Johnson onto the Cleveland Indians. In return, the Braves took back Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher, and $10 million in cash.
Johnson is owed $19 million through 2017 and has been used a platoon player this season. He has hit .235 with two homers, 11 RBIs, and a .592 OPS in 56 games. Bourn is returning to Atlanta where he was their center fielder in 2011-2012; he has hit just .236 with no homers and a .313 on-base percentage in 95 games this season.
Swisher had been on the 15-day disabled list with an inflamed knee. In 30 games this season, he's hit just .198 with a .261 on-base percentage. The $10 million in cash added in by Cleveland will cover the difference in the amount owed to Johnson and the remaining contracts of Bourn and Swisher, who are both signed through 2016.