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Kris Johnson | Starting Pitcher

Team: International Player
Age / DOB:  (33) / 10/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Kris Johnson has signed a three-year contract extension with the Hiroshima Carp worth "north of $15 million," according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick,
It will be the largest guarantee every for a foreign player in Asia. Johnson, a supplemental first-round pick of the Red Sox in 2006, owns a dominant 1.90 ERA in 331 1/3 innings since the Twins sold him to the Hiroshima Carp for mid six figures in October 2014. Another blow for Minnesota fans. This is Johnson's age-31 season in Nippon Professional Baseball. Mon, Jun 6, 2016 12:41:00 PM

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Twins sold LHP Kris Johnson to Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese League.

Johnson was sold for "mid six figures," according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The left-hander made three starts for the Twins in 2014, going 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA in 13 1/3 innings.
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 07:34:00 PM

Twins optioned LHP Kris Johnson to Triple-A Rochester.

He's clearing room for Yohan Pino, who will be recalled to start Tuesday. Johnson was decent Monday, holding the Indians to two runs over five frames, but he's put up a 4.73 ERA overall in three starts. He could get another shot later this season.
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 11:41:00 PM

Kris Johnson was knocked around for five runs over just four innings in Friday's loss to the Rockies.

Welcome to Coors Field. Making the start in place of the injured Ricky Nolasco, Johnson allowed eight hits in the loss, including a pair of two-run homers. The 29-year-old left-hander should stick in Minnesota's rotation for now, but he's not really a fantasy option.
Sat, Jul 12, 2014 01:01:00 AM

Twins recalled LHP Kris Johnson from Triple-A Rochester.

He'll make the start on Friday in Colorado. While it's obviously not an ideal setting to rejoin the rotation, Johnson should stick around as long as Ricky Nolasco (elbow) is on the shelf. He's put up a 2.75 ERA over 16 Triple-A start this season.
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 08:34:00 AM

Kris Johnson will be promoted to start for the Twins on Friday.

Johnson will take the rotation spot of Ricky Nolasco, who was placed on the disabled list with a right elbow issue. Johnson held the Dodgers scoreless over 4 1/3 innings in a spot start earlier this year, but the southpaw walked six in the outing. The official move and a corresponding roster move likely won't be made until Friday.
Wed, Jul 9, 2014 07:58:00 PM

Twins optioned LHP Kris Johnson to Triple-A Rochester.

Johnson skated on thin ice but ultimately avoided danger in a doubleheader start Thursday, tossing 4 1/3 scoreless innings. With the Twins' rotation struggling, he should get another shot eventually.
Fri, May 2, 2014 03:20:00 AM

Kris Johnson didn't allow a run in 4 1/3 innings in his 2014 debut against the Dodgers, but the Twins lost in 12 innings, giving him the no-decision.

Johnson wasn't at all sharp, but was able to wiggle his way out of danger on multiple occasions. Overall, the 29-year-old left-hander allowed four hits, walked six, and struck out five. The peripherals, of course, are concerning, but Johnson wasn't expected to do anything more than serve as a stopgap with Thursday's double-header.
Fri, May 2, 2014 12:41:00 AM

The Twins will call up Kris Johnson from Triple-A Rochester to start the second game of Thursday's doubleheader versus the Dodgers.

He'll be the 26th man and will get sent back down right after the outing. However, Johnson has a chance to make a good impression with the rest of the Twins' rotation struggling. The 29-year-old left-hander has put up a 2.86 ERA over his first four starts at Triple-A.
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 08:05:00 PM

Kris Johnson retired five of the six batters he faced in relief versus the Pirates on Friday.

Johnson looked like a deep sleeper for 2014 when the Twins acquired him from the Pirates in November. Then the Twins went and signed Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes and Mike Pelfrey, effectively removing Johnson from the rotation picture. He is an option in the bullpen, but he'll probably head to Triple-A.
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 05:08:00 PM

Twins acquired LHP Kris Johnson from the Pirates in exchange for RHP Duke Welker.

Johnson struggled this year in his debut at the major league level, but the 29-year-old left-hander posted a promising 2.39 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 94/43 K/BB ratio across 135 2/3 innings at Triple-A. He will serve as a starter in the Twins' minor league system.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 05:09:00 PM

Kris Johnson's return to a big league mound on Sunday was a disaster, as he allowed five runs on seven hits over two innings in a loss to the Cardinals.

Recalled earlier in the day, Johnson is now 0-2 with a 7.88 ERA in eight innings over two big league starts. The left-hander registered a 2.39 ERA and 94/43 K/BB ratio over 135 2/3 innings this season at Triple-A, but he has been a different pitcher under the bright lights. Johnson is expected to slide into a long relief role.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 05:29:00 PM

Pirates recalled LHP Kris Johnson from Triple-A Indianapolis.

He'll get the ball on Sunday as the Pirates try to complete a sweep of the Cardinals. Johnson holds a 2.39 ERA and 94/43 K/BB ratio over 135 2/3 innings this season at Triple-A but would be risky from a fantasy perspective. He's expected to slide into a long relief role following Sunday's outing.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 10:17:00 AM

The Pirates will call up Kris Johnson to start Sunday against the Cardinals.

This confirms previous speculation. Johnson owns a quality 2.39 ERA and 94/43 K/BB ratio over 135 2/3 innings this season in Triple-A, but he'll have a tough matchup against St. Louis. Most fantasy owners can afford to pass on this one.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 05:14:00 PM

Kris Johnson could be called up to start Sunday against the Cardinals.

Johnson has been scratched from his start Friday with Triple-A Indianapolis, which is an indication that the Pirates want him ready for Sunday. The 28-year-old left-hander made one appearances with the big club earlier this month and has a 2.39 ERA and 94/43 K/BB ratio over 135 2/3 innings this season in Triple-A. He would be a risky fantasy play against the Cardinals.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 04:41:00 PM

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