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Jim Johnson | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Tigers purchased the contract of RHP Jim Johnson from Triple-A Toledo.
Johnson allowed three runs -- four earned -- in 4 2/3 innings of relief at Toledo. The former Orioles and A's closer will pitch in low-leverage situations for the Tigers. Aug 16 - 11:07 PM

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Jim Johnson is expected to be promoted by the Tigers after he makes one more appearance with Triple-A Toledo.

The Tigers actually planned to call Johnson up prior to Thursday's game, but the veteran reliever requested making one more appearance for Toledo. "At Jim’s request, he wanted another outing (in Toledo)," manager Brad Ausmus said. "It’s a good sign because he understands the big picture." Johnson has allowed two runs -- one earned -- over 3 2/3 innings for Toledo thus far.
Source: Detroit News
Aug 15 - 10:45 AM

Tigers signed RHP Jim Johnson to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Toledo.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal broke the news on Tuesday afternoon. Johnson was released by the A's last week after posting a 6.92 ERA in 40 1/3 innings. Maybe he will suddenly turn it around with a change of scenery, but that doesn't often happen for relief pitchers. He'll pitch out of the Toledo bullpen initially.
Aug 5 - 4:51 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers have signed Jim Johnson to a minor league contract.

Johnson was released by the A's last week after posting an ugly 6.92 ERA in 40 1/3 innings, but it's a worthwhile gamble for the Tigers, who have been on the lookout for bullpen help. It looks like he'll have to prove his effectiveness in the minors before getting a shot with the big club, though.
Aug 5 - 2:23 PM

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Jim Johnson has not yet signed with anyone.

It conflicts with an earlier report from MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko, who said Johnson had signed with a team other than the Orioles. Regardless of who is right, we should find out Johnson's landing spot soon.
Aug 4 - 8:42 PM

MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko reports that Jim Johnson has signed with a team other than the Orioles.

It's not yet clear which team it is, but we now know a reunion in Baltimore won't happen. Johnson was released by the A's over the weekend after holding a 6.92 ERA in 40 1/3 innings.
Aug 4 - 7:19 PM

Jim Johnson threw a 10-minute side session Monday at the Orioles' spring training complex.

Orioles rehab pitching coordinator Scott McGregor watched the workout and told Connolly that it went well. The O's are interested in signing Johnson to a minor league contract and can probably be considered the frontrunner, but there's nothing official yet. Johnson posted a 6.92 ERA in 40 1/3 innings this season with the A's, who released him on August 1.
Aug 4 - 1:24 PM

Jim Johnson is scheduled to throw for the Orioles on Monday in Florida.

O's rehab pitching coordinator Scott McGregor will be on hand for the session. The O's certainly appear to be interested in a reunion with their former closer, provided they see something worth salvaging. He still doesn't have any fantasy value and shouldn't be owned in any format.
Aug 3 - 5:55 PM

MASN Sport's Roch Kubatko reports that it "would be a surprise" if the Orioles don't sign Jim Johnson to a minor league deal.

"Definite interest on their side," Kubatko wrote. "Stay tuned." The Athletics released Johnson on Friday, and his former employer isn't wasting time in bring him back to the fold. The right-hander was a good ninth-inning man in Baltimore -- despite famously poor peripherals -- but imploded upon moving West, getting whacked for a 6.92 ERA in 40 1/3 innings with the A's. Even if he fights his way back to the big club later this month, Johnson won't regain fantasy relevancy in 2014.
Aug 2 - 4:56 PM

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

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

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