Yesterday evening the Atlanta Braves traded with the Los Angeles Dodgers for utility player Micah Johnson. The Braves traded with the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Braves were looking to add more depth and speed to their outfielder position since earlier this week they traded Mallex Smith to the Seattle Mariners. Johnson was originally a 2nd baseman however the Dodgers sent Johnson down to the AAA Oklahoma team where he learned to play in the center and left field positions.
Johnson is 26 years old. He broke into the majors as 2nd baseman with the Chicago White Soxs. Johnson was part of the 3 player deal for Todd Fraizer trade in 2015. His speed on the bases is part of the reason why Johnson is well known in MLB. He had 84 stolen bases in the minor leagues in 2013. His versatility makes him a good fit for the B raves. The only spot in the Braves team that does not have a for sure without a doubt starter is 2nd base. The Braves have several utility players such as Jace Peterson and Sean Rodriguez hoping to win the job, and now you can add Micah Johnson’s name to that short list. The Braves still have only 38 players on their 40 man roster. If Micah Johnson wants to earn a spot on that bench for the Braves Spring Training is the time to do it.
The Braves do have a great lineup going into the 2017 season. Although the 2nd baseman’s job seems to be up for grabs, most likely Jace Peterson will be the starting 2nd baseman on opening day. One thing I have learned as a baseball fan, is never assume anything. Opening day is still over 6 weeks away. Unfortunately the 2nd base position has been the Achilles heel for the Braves. Dan Uggla lack of offensive numbers didn’t last long and neither did Gordon Beckman. The Braves do have their potential everyday 2nd baseman in the minor leagues. He was brought up to Atlanta late last season, Ozzie Albies. He went on the D.L. list after an injuring his forearm in Atlanta. He will be ready for minor league play in 2017. How long he will stay in the minors will depend on his talent and the Braves need. Pitchers and catchers will report to Spring training in a little over a month. It’s time to get excited! GO BRAVES!!!!!