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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Robert Murray of reports that Jim Johnson is drawing "strong" trade interest.

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo takes it a step further, saying saying the Braves are "moving toward" a trade of the reliever. The Mets are one club known to have shown interest in the veteran reliever. Johnson has posted a 2.08 ERA ERA since returning from the disabled list in early June and could land somewhere to help out in middle relief.
Jul 29 - 3:45 PM

Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Twins on Tuesday to earn his third save.

Johnson struck out one in the perfect inning. It was a rare clean inning for Johnson, who owns a 4.58 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 35 1/3 innings of work this year. Despite those numbers, it seems he'll continue to fill in until closer Arodys Vizcaino returns.
Jul 26 - 10:48 PM

Jim Johnson blew a two-run lead by giving up four hits in the ninth Tuesday against the Reds.

Johnson was the pick to close with Arodys Vizcaino hurt, but he was singled to death. The last of them was a Billy Hamilton grounder to short that would have been an out for anyone else, though Johnson had already blown the lead by that point. Since Johnson doesn't really seem up for the job, the Braves should mix and match in the ninth with Vizcaino out. Mauricio Cabrera might be the best option.
Jul 19 - 11:10 PM

Jim Johnson gave up a hit in the ninth inning but was able to protect a one-run lead against the Mets on Saturday to earn his first save of the season.

With Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino having pitched three days in a row, Johnson was given the save opportunity and got the job done. Johnson missed three weeks of May on the DL with a groin injury. With the departure of Jason Grilli, Johnson is now the Braves primary setup man. He has extensive closing experience but is not a threat to steal Vizcaino's closer role any time soon.
Jun 18 - 11:52 PM

Braves activated RHP Jim Johnson from the 15-day disabled list.

Johnson missed nearly a month of action with a strained groin. He put up a 7.90 ERA over 15 appearances before getting injured but figures to return to a setup role.
Jun 3 - 12:39 PM

Jim Johnson (groin) is nearing a rehab assignment.

Johnson has been on the disabled list since May 9 because of a right groin strain. He had a 7.90 ERA over his first 15 appearances this season for the Braves, so they might have him spend a while in the minor leagues. We'd expect an early-June return for the veteran righty.
May 24 - 7:30 PM

Braves placed RHP Jim Johnson on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 9, with a right groin strain.

Ian Krol will take his place in the Braves' bullpen. Johnson has been hit really hard of late and owns an ugly 7.90 ERA over 15 appearances overall this season.
May 10 - 2:57 PM

Braves signed RHP Jim Johnson to a one-year contract.'s Mark Bowman says the reliever will receive $2.5 million. Johnson had a nice bounce-back showing with the Braves in 2015, posting a 2.25 ERA over 49 appearances. He was dealt to the Dodgers at the trade deadline and flopped with a 10.13 mark across 23 games. Johnson was closing for Atlanta when they traded him, but he figures to be used in a setup role in 2016.
Mon, Nov 30, 2015 06:09:00 PM

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C1A.J. Pierzynski
2Tyler Flowers
3Anthony Recker
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Gordon Beckham
2Jace Peterson
SS1Dansby Swanson
2Chase d'Arnaud
3B1Adonis Garcia
2Brandon Snyder
LF1Matt Kemp
2Mallex Smith
CF1Ender Inciarte
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
S1Julio Teheran
2Michael Foltynewicz
3Robert Whalen
4Joel de la Cruz
5Matt Wisler
6Jesse Biddle
7Williams Perez
Relief Pitcher
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Jim Johnson
3Mauricio Cabrera
4Eric O'Flaherty
5Ian Krol
6Chris Withrow
7Chaz Roe
8Matt Marksberry
9Jose Ramirez
10Ryan Weber
11Brandon Cunniff
12John Gant
13Andrew McKirahan
14Paco Rodriguez