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Jim Johnson | Relief Pitcher

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Athletics released RHP Jim Johnson.
They were unable to trade him after designating him for assignment, so Johnson is now free to sign wherever he wants. Someone should scoop him up quickly at the league minimum, but he's almost surely not going to be relevant in fantasy leagues again this season. Aug 1 - 2:29 PM

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Athletics designated RHP Jim Johnson for assignment.

Oakland GM Billy Beane made a rare mistake this winter when he traded for Johnson and his $10 million salary for 2014. The right-hander had poor peripherals in Baltimore despite his dominant save totals and wound up posting a brutal 6.92 ERA in 40 1/3 innings with the A's. Johnson should latch on with a new team pretty quickly as a reclamation project, but he's probably done getting save opportunities.
Jul 24 - 12:56 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins "remain interested" in Jim Johnson.

The Marlins nearly completed a deal for Johnson last month before opting for Bryan Morris instead. However, it appears they haven't given up on acquiring the struggling former closer, with Spencer saying the club has discussed sending pitching prospect Adam Conley to Oakland for the reliever. Johnson holds a 6.25 ERA with 23 walks in 40 innings this season and is making $10 million. The A's will have to pick up the bulk of the remainder of his contract in any trade.
Source: Miami Herald
Jul 23 - 10:52 AM

According to John Hickey of the Oakland Tribune, the Athletics remain eager to find a new home for former closer Jim Johnson.

The catch is that the A's don't want to have to eat any of Johnson's $10 million contract. With a 6.25 ERA, 1.96 WHIP and 28/23 K/BB ratio through his 40 1/3 innings on the season, it's unlikely that any interested parties are going to come calling to acquire the veteran right-hander's services.
Source: ibabuzz.com
Jul 20 - 9:49 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins nearly completed a trade for Jim Johnson before deciding to deal for Bryan Morris instead.

The deal would have been for the club's competitive balance pick -- No. 39 overall -- which they wound up trading for Morris. The A's would have included cash in the deal to cover some of Johnson's $10 million salary. An A's source told Rosenthal that the club isn't looking to move Johnson, but the Marlins "approached them about a trade while aggressively pursuing bullpen help last weekend." Johnson's role with the A's in currently in flux.
Jun 4 - 3:38 PM

After coming in with the A's down by a run, Jim Johnson gave up two runs and three hits in his inning of relief against the Tigers on Thursday.

Johnson hasn't been all bad -- he was coming off three scoreless innings in his last two appearances -- but he's not getting consistent work and he's not close to reestablishing himself as a late-game option in the Oakland pen. He's not worth holding on to in mixed leagues any longer.
May 29 - 7:27 PM

Pitching in the sixth inning, Jim Johnson walked three of the six batters he faced, hitting another, before being pulled against the Indians.

Fortunately, Johnson's wildness did little harm; he allowed just one run in a 9-2 game before Fernando Abad came in and got the final out of the inning. Still, it was a very uncharacteristic outing from a guy who seems to have lost his confidence. He obviously won't be closing out any games in the ninth for a while. Sean Doolittle and Luke Gregerson will probably share those duties.
May 18 - 5:06 PM

Jim Johnson was yanked after allowing a double and a single in the ninth inning of Monday's 5-4 win against the White Sox.

Oakland almost let this one get away in the ninth inning as skipper Bob Melvin rather clumsily knee-jerked his way through four ninth inning pitchers before the last one finally got the first out. Melvin sent out Jesse Chavez to complete his start, pulled him after he gave up a Jose Abreu home run, then Fernando Abad entered to walk Adam Dunn before Johnson's brief appearance. Sean Doolittle came on and navigated choppy waters to hurl a scoreless inning and earn his second save. Melvin indicated Saturday that Johnson was closing in on his old closer's job, but Johnson has allowed runs in both of his outings since.
May 13 - 1:25 AM

Jim Johnson pitched a perfect ninth with a 2-0 lead on Wednesday to nail down his first save since April 6.

Despite last night's ugly hiccup in which his own error led to four unearned runs. Johnson is still looking pretty sharp. He should continue to get save chances for as long as he's deserving.
May 7 - 10:44 PM

Jim Johnson threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings against the Red Sox on Sunday, earning the victory in the Athletics' 3-2 win.

Johnson entered a tie game with a runner on first in the ninth inning and promptly induced a double play. After the A's gave him the lead in the top of the 10th, Johnson got another double play to finish the game and secure the win. He still hasn't earned a save since being removed from the closer role, but it's clear that he's regained the favor of A's manager Bob Melvin with his strong pitching of late.
May 4 - 6:11 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that Jim Johnson would have been used in a save situation Friday had the game been closer.

Melvin had indicated Thursday that Johnson could be in the mix for saves again, and it sounds like he'll get the next opportunity that comes up. The skipper was quick to add, however, that he still plans to use multiple closers and Johnson has not officially gotten his job back. Johnson has tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings since being removed from the closer gig.
Apr 27 - 9:27 AM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Thursday that Jim Johnson could be back in the ninth inning mix along with Luke Gregerson and Sean Doolittle.

Johnson was stripped of his closer duties two weeks ago but has responded with 6 2/3 scoreless innings since then. Gregerson and Doolittle, meanwhile, have allowed a combined six runs over their last six appearances. Melvin also noted that while he likes the way Ryan Cook has pitched lately, Cook is expected to remain in a setup role for now.
Apr 24 - 6:45 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated Friday that the team will continue to employ a committee to close games.

With Luke Gregerson blowing a save in his last outing, and Jim Johnson pitching well in middle relief, there had been some speculation that Johnson would regain the closer's role, but that doesn't appear to be the reality just yet. Look for Gregerson, Sean Doolittle, Dan Otero, Ryan Cook and perhaps even Johnson to share the load in the late innings.

Jim Johnson earned the win Tuesday night against the Angels by tossing two scoreless innings of relief in the 11-inning, 10-9 win.

Owners that have held onto Johnson should consider this evening an unmitigated success. To make it possible, Mike Trout had to crush a two-run homer off Sean Doolittle in the ninth to force extras. Once there, Johnson tossed a scoreless 10th and 11th, striking out one, walking one, and giving up a single. He's tossed five straight scoreless innings, earning the victory on consecutive nights, and has to be nearing the ninth inning discussion again.
Apr 16 - 2:34 AM

Jim Johnson has been removed from the A's closer role.

Johnson had more problems on Wednesday, blowing a 4-2 ninth-inning lead to the Twins. The right-hander has allowed nine hits, six walks, and seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings this season with Oakland. Ryan Cook just got back from the disabled list but profiles best as a fill-in closer. The A's are going to roll with a committee for now.
Apr 10 - 11:29 AM

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2B1Alberto Callaspo
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SS1Jed Lowrie
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Stephen Vogt
2Jonny Gomes
CF1Coco Crisp
2Craig Gentry
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RF1Josh Reddick
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S1Jon Lester
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PosRoleName
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Cook
3Luke Gregerson
4Dan Otero
5Fernando Abad
6Eric O'Flaherty
7Jesse Chavez