The Braves gave up waiting for Cody Johnson to develop and traded the outfielder to the Yankees for cash considerations on Friday, rather than use a 40-man roster spot on the strikeout-plagued behemoth.
Johnson, 22, hit .212 with 18 home runs and 151 strikeouts in 344 at-bats last season for three affiliates at the Double-A level and lower. His average, on-base percentage (.269) and slugging percentage (.343) were his full-season lows.
A first-round draft pick in 2006, Johnson hit a combined .243 with a .320 OBP in five minor league seasons, totaling 94 homers, 309 RBIs, 182 walks and a whopping 629 strikeouts in 1,613 at-bats.
The Braves were hopeful after the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder hit .239 with 32 homers, 87 RBIs and .342 OBP in 2009 at High-A and Double-A.
But Johnson regressed in 2010, hitting .189 with 114 strikeouts in 233 at-bats at Double-A Mississippi.
Teams faced a Friday deadline to add players to their 40-man roster who had enough time in the minors to require that they either be protected or exposed to next month’s Rule 5 draft.
Rather than use a roster spot on Johnson, the Braves cut ties with him.