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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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Roch Kubatko of MASN reports the Orioles are discussing bringing back Jim Johnson.
The rumor is pretty flimsy, as he relayed a discussion between O's manager Buck Showalter and a panel during a MASN presentation. Still, it at least shows that Johnson is on the manager's radar, for what that's worth. Johnson enjoyed his most success in Baltimore, pitching for the Orioles from 2006 to 2013. He had a less impressive 4.46 ERA and 1.46 WHIP last season and should be cheap for whichever team calls on him. Nov 12 - 5:33 PM

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Dodgers released RHP Jim Johnson.

Johnson was designated for assignment by the Dodgers earlier this week and passed through waivers unclaimed. The veteran reliever had been due to hit the open market this winter anyway. He posted an ugly 4.46 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 50/20 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings this summer between Atlanta and Los Angeles, though his year started much better than the final stat line suggests.
Oct 15 - 10:05 AM

Dodgers designated RHP Jim Johnson for assignment.

Johnson wasn't included on the Dodgers' NLDS roster and has already been sent home for the winter, so the move is just a formality. The veteran right-hander started the season strong with the Braves, but he posted an ugly 10.23 ERA in 23 appearances after being traded to the Dodgers.
Oct 14 - 5:47 PM

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that Jim Johnson has returned home and is not under consideration for the playoff roster.

Johnson isn't even going to the instructional league to stay fresh, which says a lot about his standing with the team. The veteran right-hander struggled miserably after coming over to the Dodgers at the trade deadline, posting a 10.13 ERA over 23 appearances.
Oct 7 - 2:19 PM

Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 10th save of the season in Thursday's 1-0 win over the Reds.

With Kenley Jansen unavailable for the day, the Dodgers trotted Johnson out for the ninth as they clung to a 1-0 lead. Johnson refused to wilt under pressure and retired Eugenio Suarez, Jay Bruce and Jason Bourgeois in order to secure the tight save. Since being acquired by the Dodgers, the veteran relief arm has allowed 15 runs in 7 2/3 innings. Eight of those runs came in a single appearance, as the Pirates rocked him in 2/3 of an inning on August 9.
Aug 27 - 3:53 PM

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

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

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