Mets Season in Review: Kelly Johnson
Contract Status and Trade Rumors
After signing a one-year contract with the Braves last offseason and then ending up back in Flushing, Kelly Johnson became a free agent at the conclusion of the 2016 season.
Johnson’s recent career has been a series of one-year deals, so it isn’t difficult to imagine him signing another one for the 2017 season. It would be wise of the Mets to offer Johnson a similar deal to what the Braves gave him last year, but there are some other holes on the roster that should be prioritized — mainly the bullpen and the crowded outfield.
Johnson has played on eight different teams in his career, including the Braves, Mets, Diamondbacks, and every single team in the American League East. History would indicate that bouncing to another team isn’t necessarily a big deal to Johnson, but it would be nice to see him back on the Mets next season. Plus signing him now would only cost money, not the mid-level prospects that they’ve given up the past two seasons.
Last offseason, he and his family indicated they were comfortable with him playing in Atlanta, but maybe there is a team out there looking to guarantee him some more playing time. Wherever he ends up, Kelly Johnson will most likely continue his solid career in 2017.