Braves Reward Mid-Season Acquisition With 2-Year Deal After Fantastic Performance

The Atlanta Braves have made a significant move by securing reliever Pierce Johnson with a two-year contract extension valued at $14.25 million.

Johnson, a 32-year-old right-handed pitcher, had been nearing free agency, but the Braves moved swiftly to keep him in their ranks.

Under this new deal, Johnson will earn $7 million annually for both the 2024 and 2025 seasons, with an enticing team option for 2026, accompanied by a $250,000 buyout.

For luxury tax considerations, the contract's average annual value is $7.125 million.

Johnson's resurgence with the Braves has been remarkable, marked by impressive numbers and a dominant performance in the bullpen.

The Braves acquired Johnson from the Colorado Rockies back in July for pitchers Victor Vodnick and Tanner Gordon.

He showcased his skills with a minuscule 0.76 ERA and an impressive 32:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his final 23.2 regular-season innings with the NL East champion Braves.

His strong presence has bolstered the bullpen, which already boasted strong rankings in ERA and strikeout percentage from the previous season.

This extension reflects the Braves' commitment to building a competitive roster as they prepare for the upcoming season, while also providing flexibility for potential moves to address other areas of their team, such as the starting rotation and outfield. Photo Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports