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12/06/12 2:50 PM ET

Braves bring back outfielder Johnson

Atlanta signs pinch-hitter extraordinaire to one-year deal with option for '14

The Braves signed free-agent outfielder Reed Johnson to a one-year contract Thursday, with an option for '14.

The 10-year veteran hit .270 last season for Atlanta in 43 games after being acquired from the Cubs in a trade for left-handed pitcher Paul Maholm. Between the two clubs, Johnson hit .290 (78-for-269) while leading the National League in pinch-hitting.

Johnson will turn 36 on Saturday, and he ranks sixth in the Majors against left-handed pitching since 2003 with a .311 average.

Financial terms of Johnson's deal were not announced.

Gary Cotton is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.