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Braves pull Jim Johnson back from waivers; Jeff Francoeur clears waivers

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ATLANTA, GA - JULY 31: Closer Jim Johnson #53 of the Atlanta Braves throws a pitch in the ninth inning during the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field on July 31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

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Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports that reliever Jim Johnson was claimed on waivers by an unknown team, but the Braves couldn’t work out a trade and pulled him back as a result. Heyman also notes that outfielder Jeff Francoeur cleared waivers.

Johnson, 33, has compiled a 3.61 ERA and a 41/16 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings. Because he was pulled back from waivers, the Braves are unable to place him back on waivers. The Braves can make a handful of other roster maneuvers or let him walk into free agency after the season.

Francoeur, 32, has put up a .247/.287/.387 triple-slash line with seven home runs and 31 RBI in 261 plate appearances this season. As he cleared waivers, that means the Braves can negotiate a trade with any interested team. Like Johnson, Francoeur will become a free agent after the season.

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