The Mets have activated Kelly Johnson and optioned infielder Ty Kelly to Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets announced Wednesday that they acquired Johnson and cash from the Braves for 23-year-old, Double-A pitching prospect Akeel Morris. The Mets made a similar trade last summer when they acquired Johnson from the Braves for two minor leaguers.
Johnson, 34, was hitting .215 with a .273 OBP and .289 SLG in 132 plate appearances for the Braves, while playing first base, second base and left field.
"We're pretty happy to get him back," Ricco said of Johnson. "He was part of a team that went to the World Series last year. We hope he can help us get there again."
Kelly, 27, was hitting .174 with a .240 OBP and .304 SLG in 23 at-bats.
June 9: The big talking points coming from the Mets yesterday and last night, when asked about Johnson, were all about his 'leadership,' 'big hits,' and 'clubhouse presence.' I heard little about his hitting, and more about his versatility and experience -- especially his experience playing in New York during a pennant race, which he did last season with the Mets. This is all correct, and should not be minimized. It's important, but the Mets still need hitting >> Read more...