INDIANS & ATLANTA BRAVES COMPLETE TRADE
CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians today announced the following roster moves relative to the Major League roster:
Acquired INF CHRIS JOHNSON from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for OF MICHAEL BOURN, OF NICK SWISHER and cash.
Johnson, 30, owns a career batting average of .280 (693-2478) with 139 doubles, 10 triples, 57 home runs and 308 RBI across seven Major League seasons with Arizona and Atlanta after debuting with Houston in 2009. He finished second to Michael Cuddyer in the 2013 National League batting race, hitting a career-best .321 (165-514) with 34 2B, 12HR & 68 RBI and collected single-season career-bests that season in hits, doubles and runs (54).
The right-handed hitting, Ft. Myers, FL native missed most of this May with a fractured left hand and is batting .235 (36-153) with 7 doubles, 2 home runs and 11 RBI in 56 games. He is hitting .323 (20-62) with an OPS of .747 against left-handed pitching this season and has appeared in 23 games at third base and 20 games at first base for the Braves. He owns a career batting average of .313 (201-642) off LHP with a .788 OPS.
Chris Johnson Career Stats
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Swisher spent nearly three seasons with Cleveland, hitting .228 (230-1010) with 51 2B, 2 3B, 32 HR and 113 RBI in 272 games. Between two stints on the D.L. this year he has batted .198 (20-101) with 4 2B, 2 HR & 8 RBI in 30 games.
Bourn also spent nearly three seasons with the Indians, batting .257 (323-1258) with 50 2B, 17 3B, 9 HR, 97 RBI and 46 steals in 331 games. So far this season he has batted .246 (71-289) with 12 2B, 1 3B, 19 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 95 games in 2015.