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Braves sign Kelly Johnson to one-year deal

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The Mets acquired the veteran infielder from Atlanta before the trade deadline last year.

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After joining the Mets for their 2015 playoff run, Kelly Johnson is returning to the Atlanta Braves on a one-year deal worth $2 million with up to $1.25 million in incentives.

A week before 2015's non-waiver trade deadline, the Mets acquired Johnson and fellow infielder Juan Uribe from the Braves to bolster their bench. During his brief tenure in New York, Johnson played six different positions, spending most of his time at second base. In 138 plate appearances with the Mets, he hit .250/.304/.414 with five home runs.

This marks Johnson's third stint with the Braves, bringing the 33-year-old back to where he started his MLB career in 2005. While the rebuilding franchise likely won't award him a full-time job, Johnson currently has a better chance of receiving playing time there after the Mets traded for Neil Walker and signed Asdrubal Cabrera.

Johnson served his purpose as a short-term rental, adding versatility and pop to a roster needing both. Now he'll once again round out Atlanta's depth chart in 2016.