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Jim Johnson | Relief Pitcher | #53

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 5 (0) / BAL
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SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that Jim Johnson's two-year contract extension with the Braves is worth $10 million.
Cotillo says that deal also includes performance bonuses for games finished. Johnson, 33, made just $2.5 million this season but earned a raise after posting a 3.11 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and career-best 9.3 K/9 rate. Barring an offseason addition, he should enter 2017 as the Braves' closer. Oct 16 - 8:14 AM

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Braves signed RHP Jim Johnson to a two-year contract extension through 2018.

The financials of the deal aren't available at this time. Johnson has been terrific for the Braves this season, boasting a 3.11 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and career-best 9.3 K/9 rate. As it stands right now, he should continue to handle closing duties in 2017 as the Braves break in their new stadium.
Oct 2 - 1:40 PM

Jim Johnson allowed a run on two hits but finished off the Tigers on Saturday to earn his 19th save.

Johnson gave up a one-out double and surrendered an RBI single with two outs, but he got pinch-hitter Victor Martinez to ground out to end the game. It hasn't always been pretty, but Johnson now has 19 saves to go with a 3.11 ERA in 64 appearances. The 33-year-old surely has done enough to earn him some interest on the open market this offseason.
Oct 1 - 11:17 PM

Jim Johnson had a 1-2-3 inning to record his 18th save of the season Tuesday versus the Phillies.

The Braves erased a 6-0 deficit in this one, completing the comeback following a rain delay with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Johnson then closed things out with ease. The veteran reliever could be helping out a contender right now, but at least he gets to improve his resume as he enters free agency. Johnson boasts a 2.92 ERA and is striking out over a batter per inning for the first time in his career.
Sep 28 - 12:57 AM

Jim Johnson earned the save in a 4-3 victory over the Mets on Wednesday but needed an outfielder to leap over the wall and pull back a home run to avoid a loss.

Johnson allowed a leadoff single to Brandon Nimmo before striking out Jay Bruce. He then walked Travis d'Arnaud to put the winning run aboard. Johnson got Asdrubal Cabrera to fly out to bring Yoenis Cespedes to the plate. Cespedes launched a deep drive to right-center field but Ender Inciarte scaled the wall to prevent the home run and end the game. Johnson now has 17 saves and a 2.97 ERA in 60 2/3 innings.
Sep 21 - 11:58 PM

Jim Johnson pitched around a two-out single to record his 16th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Mets.

Johnson yielded a two-out single to Asdrubal Cabrera to bring Yoenis Cespedes to the plate as the winning run, but he got the slugger swinging at a two-strike curveball to end it. The veteran reliever has had a nice bounce-back season with a 3.02 ERA and 62/19 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 frames.
Sep 20 - 11:34 PM

Jim Johnson notched his 15th save of the season in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Phillies, striking out the side in a scoreless ninth.

It wasn't that long ago that Johnson seemed close to fading into obscurity completely due to ineffectiveness, but he has found himself with the Braves over the last two seasons. With Sunday's smooth-sailin' outing in the books, the veteran right-hander is now 15-for-18 in save opportunities and sports a 3.08 ERA and 56/18 K/BB ratio over 52 2/3 innings.
Sep 4 - 5:18 PM

Jim Johnson kept the Giants off the bases in a clean ninth inning to snare his 13th save of the season on Saturday.

He induced three consecutive groundouts to close out the game without any drama. Johnson has been a steady presence in the back of the Atlanta bullpen. He has 49 strikeouts and 18 walks in 49 1/3 innings. Johnson took over the closer's role when Arodys Vizcaino got hurt and didn't give it back when Vizcaino returned.
Aug 28 - 12:43 AM

The Braves will stay with Jim Johnson at closer while they ease Arodys Vizcaino into action.

Vizcaino is back after missing a month with a strained oblique but the Braves will wait before reinserting him into the closer role. The Braves also plan to keep Mauricio Cabrera in the eighth inning, at least for now. Vizcaino should eventually regain the closer job but Johnson's window of fantasy relevance hasn't quite closed yet.
Aug 18 - 5:32 PM

Jim Johnson was claimed on waivers by an unknown team but a trade could not be worked out.

Atlanta ultimately pulled him back and now he'll remain with the organization for the remainder of the year. Johnson has been serving as the Braves' closer for the last several weeks with Arodys Vizcaino (oblique) sidelined and he's gone eight appearances without allowing a run. Vizcaino is due back late next week.
Aug 11 - 3:52 PM

Jim Johnson tossed a scoreless 12th inning to record his ninth save of the season in Monday's win over the Brewers.

Johnson gave up a one-out single to Keon Broxton and then watched Broxton steal second base, but he snuffed out the threat with a groundout and strikeout. The veteran reliever has been unscored up in his last eight appearances and the Braves figure to attempt to try and move him in a waiver deal this month.
Aug 8 - 11:47 PM

Jim Johnson tossed a clean ninth inning Thursday against the Pirates to secure a 5-2 victory.

Johnson registered a strikeout without allowing a baserunner in the outing. The right-hander now hasn't allowed a run in six straight appearances, lowering his ERA to 3.79. With Arodys Vizcaino sidelined, the 33-year-old Johnson has taken over closing duties in recent weeks with some success. A candidate to be traded before the waiver deadline, Johnson will be a free agent after this season.
Aug 5 - 12:22 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the Rangers are in on reliever Jim Johnson.

He's also a target of the Mets, per Marc Carig of Newsday. Johnson got off to a horrible start this year in Atlanta, but he owns a shiny 1.59 ERA over his last 22 2/3 innings out of the Braves' bullpen.
Aug 1 - 1:52 PM

Braves reliever Jim Johnson remains a target for the Mets, per Marc Carig of Newsday.

Johnson earned his sixth save of the season on Sunday against the Phillies and holds a 3.99 ERA over 38 1/3 total innings. He's probably one of several bullpen targets for the Mets, who are said to be closing in on a deal for outfielder Jay Bruce. Lots of moving parts here.
Aug 1 - 12:40 PM

Jim Johnson earned his sixth save of the season Sunday in the Braves' 2-1 win over the Phillies.

Johnson issued a leadoff walk to Tommy Joseph, but he got Aaron Altherr to ground into a doubleplay and then struck out Carlos Ruiz. Johnson has four saves in the last five days and he's been on a roll that dates back to early June. But the veteran right-hander could be traded (likely into a non-closer role) before he throws another pitch.
Jul 31 - 4:59 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Anthony Recker
3Tuffy Gosewisch
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Sean Rodriguez
2Jace Peterson
SS1Dansby Swanson
2Chase d'Arnaud
3Johan Camargo
3B1Adonis Garcia
2Rio Ruiz
LF1Matt Kemp
2Mallex Smith
CF1Ender Inciarte
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Michael Foltynewicz
3R.A. Dickey
4Bartolo Colon
5Jaime Garcia
6Aaron Blair
7Matt Wisler
8Williams Perez
9Tyrell Jenkins
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jim Johnson
2Arodys Vizcaino
3Mauricio Cabrera
4Jose Ramirez
5Ian Krol
6Chris Withrow
7Chaz Roe
8Shae Simmons
9Paco Rodriguez
10Daniel Winkler
11Josh Collmenter
12Jordan Walden
13Sam Freeman