ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a three-year contract extension with third baseman Chris Johnson.
The deal announced Friday runs through the 2017 season and includes an option for 2018. Financial terms haven't been released, but the extension takes Johnson at least through the first year of possible free agency. He is making $4.75 million this season, his first being eligible for arbitration.
The 29-year-old was one of the Braves' biggest surprises last season. A supposed throw-in to the Justin Upton trade, Johnson ranked second in the NL with a .321 average. He had 12 homers and 68 RBIs.
The signing of Johnson continues the Braves' recent trend of locking up their core players with long-term deals several years before free agency, including Freddie Freeman, Craig Kimbrel and Julio Teheran.