Mets Reacquire Kelly Johnson to Bolster Depleted Lineup


Kelly Johnson (55), who hit five homers for the Mets after being obtained from the Braves last summer, is back with the Mets.

Evan Habeeb/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

PITTSBURGH — When injuries depleted the Mets’ lineup last summer, they turned first to the Atlanta Braves in a deal for Kelly Johnson, the versatile utility player. They did it again on Wednesday, obtaining Johnson from the Braves for the Class AA pitcher Akeel Morris.

“It shows the players, ‘Hey, we’re not going to stand pat here,’” Manager Terry Collins said. “I think it’s important guys know that.”

Back with Atlanta this season, Johnson, 34, hit just .215 without his usual power; he had only one home run and six doubles in 132 plate appearances. But he has started games at every infield position and both corner outfield spots over the last two seasons, and gives the Mets a veteran they trust for a lineup that is missing catcher Travis d’Arnaud, first baseman Lucas Duda and third baseman David Wright, who are all injured.

“We talked to Kelly a bunch in the…

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