Twenty nine other teams have begun their mourning period. Stud free agent outfielder, second only to Josh Hamilton, is off the free agent market.
I kid. But seriously, it’s being reported that Reed has resigned with the Atlanta Braves. Yesterday we heard that the Braves had made a formal offer, and today Reed accepted it.
- MLB Trade Rumors cited Chicago Cubs beat reporter Carrie Muskat’s tweet in their writeup of the deal. Former Cubs Randy Wells and Blake DeWitt also signed deals today, she says.
- When the Braves tweet about the signing, you know it’s probably a done deal.
- …and when MLB tweets it with the preface “OFFICIAL,” that about seals it. Reed returns to Atlanta on a one year deal, with an option for 2014. Financial details are not yet known, but I’ll update this post as soon as they’re released.
- Braves fans seem to be excited about the return of Reed. He fills one of GM Frank Wren’s offseason to-do list items, a quality right-handed bat off the bench. Others are still clamoring over the need to acquire a left fielder.
- I’m with them – if I were a Braves fan, I’d certainly want another outfielder in the mix. Reed is a great complimentary piece, and although he was pretty healthy last year, I doubt he can be a full-timer successfully.
- The blogger from The Brewer Nation tweeted about Reed shortly after the signing: “Between the ferocious fan response to Ryan Braun last season and their signing of Reed Johnson, it’s becoming easy to dislike the Braves.”
- Braun comments aside, I inquired on the negativity of Reed – apparently in 2008, it was his dive into first base that “[tore] up” Yovani Gallardo‘s knee and ended his season. I don’t recall the incident, and was unable to find a video, but I’m sure it was just something that just unfortunately happened.
- How does Reed Johnson’s new contract impact Baseblog’s sponsorship? Well, to be honest, Reed’s Baseball-Reference page has soared in value over the past year. It now costs about $100 more to sponsor the outfielder than it did a year ago, just after he signed with the Cubs.
- With my sponsorship for Reed’s page up on December 27th, it may be time to look towards a new player to sponsor. (*sniff*)
- Early candidates for Baseblog sponsorship include: new Cub Nate Schierholtz at $345 (probably not, too expensive), Tony Campana at $50 (perhaps, if he could just get on base), Dave Sappelt at $45 (people have been saying he’ll fill Reed’s role since he was traded).
- Baseblog’s sponsorship will need to be figured out at a later date. To put this post to rest, here’s the final update on the Reed signing, courtesy of Jeff Passan:
Reed Johnson’s one-year deal is for $1.6M with $150K in incentives. Club option is for $1.6M with $150K buyout. Guarantee $1.75M, max $3.5M.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 7, 2012