There are very few things not to like about fourth outfielder Reed Johnson. He is one of those players that is just as important behind the doors in the clubhouse and on a plane somewhere as he is when he is coming through in a big pinch-hit situation. Nonetheless, all good things come to an end in the business of Major League Baseball and it appears that Johnson’s run with the Atlanta Braves has done just that. The reason they are able to let their beloved fourth outfielder go is the emergence of Jose Constanza.
Constanza is one of quite a few promising young outfielders in the Braves farm system. He was impressive enough that Fredi Gonzalez was convinced to keep him on the postseason roster. That was a move that was instantly questioned by numerous experts but he was the one that came through with the big hit that almost sent the NLDS back to a game five in Atlanta. Clutch pinch-hit situations are not something that rattles this young man.
At the very least Constanza has proven that he is able to serve as a fourth outfielder. He can fill in when someone needs a day off and most certainly is capable of filling in off the bench as he has proven. He also is someone that could be able to play more often if the big name outfielder that shall remain nameless falters again this upcoming season. With Constanza offering a good balance with Jordan Schafer, Johnson really isn’t necessary on the 2014 roster. He could still return if he goes nowhere else but it would be for less than his option amount.