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Jim Johnson | Relief Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Dodgers acquired RHP Jim Johnson from the Braves in the 13-player, three-team Hector Olivera trade.
Johnson had been serving as the Braves' closer for the past month-plus and was doing very well in that role. He'll enter the Dodgers' bullpen sitting on a strong 2.25 season ERA. Arodys Vizcaino appears likely to take over ninth-inning duties for the Braves. Jul 30 - 4:27 PM

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ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Braves are "getting a lot of play" on Jim Johnson.

It's not a surprise, as Johnson has a 2.25 ERA in a nice bounce-back season and is only making $1.6 million. He'll be used as a setup man wherever he goes, which means his fantasy value is about to take a hit. Arodys Vizcaino is the most likely candidate to take over at closer for the Braves if/when Johnson is dealt.
Jul 29 - 2:04 PM

Jim Johnson earned his ninth save of the season Sunday in the Braves' win over the Cardinals.

Johnson surrendered a two-out single to Kolten Wong, but he got Matt Carpenter to fly out to center field to end the minor threat and preserve Atlanta's one-run lead. Johnson now owns a 2.11 ERA in 47 innings of relief this season for the Braves. The 32-year-old right-hander is a strong candidate to be moved ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.
Jul 26 - 5:28 PM

Jim Johnson worked a scoreless ninth inning against the Dodgers on Tuesday to earn his eighth save of the season.

Johnson was his usual efficient self, inducing two ground outs while needing just 10 pitches to seal the deal. The right-hander recently gained mixed league value when he slid into the closer role vacated by the injured Jason Grilli. Johnson owns a 2.15 ERA and 1.22 WHIP to go with the eight saves, and he's a solid if unspectacular option for saves going forward.
Jul 21 - 10:41 PM

Jim Johnson saw his way out of trouble, allowing one run while picking up his seventh save of the season in Monday's 7-5 victory against the Dodgers.

Johnson, asked to protect a three-run lead, allowed three consecutive singles to load the bases with no outs in the ninth inning. A run scored, but the Braves got two outs on a Howie Kendrick double play. Johnson then got Adrian Gonzalez to ground out to end the threat. The right-hander has gotten the save in both opportunities since taking over for the injured Jason Grilli. The 44-49 Braves still might trade him if the right offer comes along.
Jul 20 - 10:52 PM

Jim Johnson tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Cubs for his sixth save of the season.

Johnson, who recently took over the closer role from the injured Jason Grilli, notched one strikeout in the frame. After an ugly 2014 season, the 32-year-old has a 2.09 ERA and 31/14 K/BB ratio over 43 innings so far this year. He could become trade bait for the Braves, so Arodys Vizcaino is worth watching as a possible long-term closer in this bullpen.
Jul 17 - 11:13 PM

Jim Johnson worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his third save as the Braves completed a 4-1 victory against the Padres on Wednesday.

Johnson provided closer Jason Grilli with a day off as he had thrown in back-to-back ballgames, throwing 50 total pitches. Johnson had little issue getting past the Padres, getting Will Middlebrooks to fly out, Melvin Upton, Jr. to ground out, and Alexi Amarista to fly out. The veteran right-hander has had a few shaky outings over the last several weeks. Save situations should continue to pop up only occasionally for Johnson as long as Grilli is healthy and effective.
Jun 10 - 10:14 PM

Jim Johnson closed out Monday's 2-1 win against the Reds with a scoreless ninth inning.

Despite reports that closer Jason Grilli (back spasms) would be used to close if a save situation should arise, manager Fredi Gonzalez went to Johnson in the ninth inning after the Braves took the lead in the top half. Johnson allowed a one-out single to Brandon Phillips, who stole second base with two outs, but he was able to get Kris Negron to ground out to end the game. Grilli should return to closing duties on Tuesday, but those in deeper leagues may find use in stashing Johnson just in case.
May 11 - 11:58 PM

Braves manager confirmed Thursday that despite his recent struggles, Jim Johnson will remain as the team's primary setup man.

The veteran right-hander has been battered around in his last three appearances, posting a 16.88 ERA and surrendering a .615 batting average against. While they'll stick with him for the time being, another bad outing or two could cause the manager to lose confidence.
Apr 23 - 7:19 PM

Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his first save of the season in the Braves' 5-3 defeat of the Mets on Saturday.

Johnson allowed an infield single to Juan Lagares with two outs, but otherwise it was a clean appearance for the veteran right-hander. Jason Grilli is considered the primary closer in Atlanta, but with Craig Kimbrel shipped out of town Johnson's going to see opportunities that he wouldn't have otherwise. He underwent a disastrous 2014, posting a ghastly 7.09 ERA in his time with the A's and Tigers, but Johnson does have multiple 50-save seasons under his belt. Grilli, who was given the night off Saturday, is still the guy to own in the Braves' bullpen.
Apr 11 - 11:02 PM

Braves signed RHP Jim Johnson to a one-year contract.

It's a major league deal, though terms have not yet been announced. A source told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick that the base salary would be $1.6 million, with a possible $900,000 in performance bonuses. As recently as last June, Johnson was considered a legitimate closing option for the A's. His season unraveled for him and he was never able to find traction, ending the year with a 7.09 ERA between the A's and the Tigers. He'll look to regain his form with the Braves. In 2012 and 2013 he recorded back-to-back seasons with 50+ saves, though the Braves are loaded with relief pitchers and Johnson probably won't be seeing many save chances in 2015.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 01:14:00 PM

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.
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 11:07:00 PM

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
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 10:45:00 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.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 04:51:00 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.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 02:23:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
3Austin Barnes
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Alberto Callaspo
SS1Jimmy Rollins
3B1Justin Turner
2Alex Guerrero
LF1Andre Ethier
2Carl Crawford
3Scott Van Slyke
CF1Joc Pederson
2Enrique Hernandez
RF1Yasiel Puig
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Zack Greinke
3Brett Anderson
4Mat Latos
5Alex Wood
6Carlos Frias
7Hyun-Jin Ryu
8Brandon McCarthy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Joel Peralta
3J.P. Howell
4Chris Hatcher
5Pedro Baez
6Luis Avilan
7Juan Nicasio
8Jim Johnson