As the 2017 regular season continues to approach and at a rapid speed, there are still things to get done and players to lock up and the attention has now surrounded a veteran presence, one of which is not in sprint training.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on Saturday night that Kelly Johnson is drawing interest from several teams throughout the league, however, all are likely only offering a non-roster deal.
As Rosenthal notes, those teams include the Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves, two of three which the 35-year-old infielder has already seen time with in the recent past. Johnson does prefer to have a major league deal on offer, though, that could keep him on the market for longer than he would like if that is the path which he believes he should continue to take.
Earlier in the offseason, John Heyman of FanRag Sports reported that the Braves were amongst a group of clubs that had checked in on Johnson's services, however, nothing would end up coming out of that as they presumably withdrew from negotiations with a full-roster intact for the spring.
Taking a look back on Johnson's 2016 season, he did float around between Georgia and Flushing as he began the year as a Brave, however, would end it with the Mets at Citi Field. As for his statistics for the season that was, Johnson appeared in a total of 82 games played where he hit with a slash line of .268/.328/.459 to go alongside nine home runs and 24 runs batted in. His batting average did seem to go up in New York as he hit just .215 while in Atlanta.
Johnson has the abilities to be moved around the diamond as seen needed, as he can play second base, third base and has also seen time in the outfield. He last played in Toronto back in 2012-13 after he was traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Aaron Hill.