Braves trade Johnson to YankeesNews: The Yankees acquired minor-league OF Cody Johnson from the Braves in exchange for cash considerations on Friday. They assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Analysis: Johnson was a first-round pick in 2006 and has good pop, hitting 18 homers in 344 minor-league at-bats last year. But his batting average was only .212. He's still a ways away from the major leagues, so you have no reason to draft him in Fantasy.
Johnson, 11 others cut by BravesNews: Braves outfielder Cody Johnson was one of the players who didn't survive Atlanta's first round of cuts, according to MLB.com. Johnson, a 21-year-old outfielder who was the Braves first-round selection in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, batted .091 with two runs and four strikeouts in 11 Grapefruit League at-bats. He was among a group of non-roster invitees assigned to minor league camp. Also assigned were pitchers Chris Resop and Erik Cordier, and catchers Braeden Schlehuber and Jesus Sucre. Optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett were pitchers Lee Hyde, Steve Marek, James Parr and Todd Redmond. Optioned to Double-A Mississippi were pitchers Jose Ortegano, Juan Abreu and Kyle Cofield. Analysis: Johnson is ranked as the Braves' ninth-best prospect by Baseball America. He has value in long-term keeper leagues. The other players are merely organization depth, and have no Fantasy value at this time.
Braves expand spring roster FridayNews: The Braves have added the following non-roster spring training invites: infielders Freddie Freeman and Brandon Hicks; catchers Braeden Schlehuber and Jesus Sucre; outfielders Matt Young and Cody Johnson; and pitchers Erik Cordier, Craig Kimbrel and Mike Minor. Analysis: Freeman is an elite prospect worth stashing in long-term keeper leagues. Minor is intriguing as well. Consider these guys organizational depth to begin the season as we don't see them making the roster at this point.