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Jim Johnson | Relief Pitcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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

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.
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 08:42:00 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.
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 07:19:00 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.
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 01:24:00 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.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 05:55:00 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.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 04:56:00 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.
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 02:29:00 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.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 12:56:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Bethancourt
2A.J. Pierzynski
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Jace Peterson
2Alberto Callaspo
3Phil Gosselin
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Kelly Johnson
LF1Jonny Gomes
2Todd Cunningham
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Eric Young Jr.
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Alex Wood
4Shelby Miller
5Michael Foltynewicz
6Williams Perez
7Daniel Winkler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jason Grilli
2Jim Johnson
3Josh Outman
4Luis Avilan
5Nick Masset
6Andrew McKirahan
7Trevor Cahill
8Brandon Cunniff
9Eric Stults
10Ian Thomas
11Arodys Vizcaino
12Shae Simmons