The Braves are interested in signing free-agent infielder Kelly Johnson, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Johnson signed with the Braves as a free agent prior to each of the past two seasons and was traded to the Mets both years.
In 2015, the Mets acquired Johnson and Juan Uribe for minor leaguers John Gant and Robert Whalen. Last season, they acquired Johnson in return for RHP prospect Akeel Morris.
In 131 games with the Mets during that time, Johnson, 34, hit .260 with a .319 OBP, 14 home runs, 14 doubles, 25 stolen bases and 37 RBIs, while playing all four infield positions and left field.
Last summer, SNY's Steve Gelbs talked about how Johnson approached hitting coach Kevin Long about working to improve his swing.
Johnson went to the coaching staff and asked them to help him transform his approach to hitting in the same way they did with Daniel Murphy, according to Gelbs.
"He's very similar in the way he thinks, the way he processes information, the way he goes about it, his work ethic, his desire to be better," Long told Newsday's Marc Carig, comparing Johnson to Murphy. "We do use (Murphy) as the blueprint and kind of go off that. Watching some of his video, we've made some marks on what he's done."
He's not the greatest hitter to ever wear their uniform. However, he was the team's best pinch hitter the last two seasons. He plays all four infield positions. He enjoys being here. He's played through two pennant races. And, he's a leader.
The Mets should re-sign him, if for no other reason than they won't have to give up another prospect to trade for him again next summer. Frankly, it's unbelievable that they've essentially traded three people for 131 games of Johnson, but they have. Wouldn't be easier to just save on the phone calls and sign this guy for a full season?