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Kelly Johnson traded to Mets from Braves for second straight season

Kelly Johnson of the New York Mets celebrates

Kelly Johnson of the New York Mets celebrates his fifth-inning home run against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Mets have traded for Atlanta Braves ultilityman Kelly Johnson. Again.

The Mets re-acquired Johnson from the Braves in exchange for minor-league pitcher Akeel Morris, both teams announced on Twitter.

Johnson is not expected to be available until Thursday, when the Mets open a four-game series in Milwaukee against the Brewers.

Johnson hit .250 with a .304 on-base percentage, five home runs and 13 RBIs in 49 games after coming to the Mets via a trade with the Braves on July 24 of last year. The 34-year-old re-signed with Atlanta in the offseason and is hitting .215 with a .273 on-base percentage, one homer run and 12 RBIs in 49 games.

Johnson’s versatility should help the Mets, especially at the corner infield spots. Both Lucas Duda and David Wright are on the 15-day disabled list with back issues.

Morris was on the Mets’ 40-man roster but had not appeared in a game in 2016. He pitched 2/3 of an inning last season, allowing five earned runs on three hits and three walks in his only major-league appearance.


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