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Braves Reward Chris Johnson with Three-Year Extension

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Atlanta Braves are in first place and they're keeping their contending team in tact. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the team has rewarded third baseman Chris Johnson with a three-year extension.

While financial details have not been released, the deal will buy out the final two years he has of arbitration and at least one year of free agency.

Johnson has proven himself as a quality hitter during his time in Atlanta. He joined the Braves in 2013 after spending his first four seasons with the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves.

In 2013, the 29-year-old Johnson hit .321, second behind the Rockies' Michael Cuddyer for the highest batting average in the National League.

This season, Johnson has been off to a tough start. In 26 games, Johnson is hitting .255 with one home run.

Along with Johnson, the Braves have also given contract extensions to Freddie Freeman, Andrelton Simmons, Julio Teheran and Craig Kimbrel.

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