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45 Jim Johnson RP
Height/Weight: 6-6/240 | Birthdate: 6/27/1983 | Birthplace: Johnson City, NY | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Oakland | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $6,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 64/31 | Average Draft Position: 149.47
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Jim Johnson tosses two scoreless for extra-innings win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Athletics' reliever Jim Johnson tossed his third scoreless outing in a row, as he went two innings to pick up the win in a 10-9 victory over the Angels.

Johnson pitched scoreless 10th and 11th innings for the win, allowing one walk and one hit as he went. He struck out one batter and picked up five groundball outs en route to his second straight win.

Johnson lost the closer's role after giving up seven runs in his first five appearances. He has a 7.56 ERA in 8 1/3 innings. 


Don't stray too far from Jim Johnson


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/15/2014) Be honest: When a reliever stops closing games, you put him out of your mind in Fantasy. The thought process goes something like, "He blew it. Who's next? Gimme!"

But Jim Johnson's removal from the role may only be temporary. In two appearances since then, he's thrown three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out four. And they've come in meaningful situations. He pitched the eighth inning of a tie game Monday before Luke Gregerson picked up the save in the ninth.

The Athletics acquired Johnson to be their closer. They're paying him $10 million, going against their usual budget-conscious approach, to be their closer. Regardless of how Gregerson and Sean Doolittle perform, when Johnson regains the Athletics' trust, which he's well on his way to doing, he's the most logical choice to claim the job outright.

When's the last time you saw a closer committee actually last? Sooner or later, someone has to distinguish himself, and if Gregerson and Doolittle keep going back and forth, it leaves the door open for Johnson to reclaim the role he was intended to have all along.

I'm scooping him up in leagues where others dropped him, provided saves are scarce on waivers.


Jim Johnson earns win with scoreless inning Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Athletics pitcher Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless eighth inning to earn the win in his team's 3-2 victory over the Angels Monday.

Johnson (1-2) struggled massively throughout the first two weeks of the season, leading to manager Bob Melvin removing him from the closing role. Monday's win was a step in the right direction, as he gave up one hit but was able to work a scoreless inning while only throwing nine pitches. He owns a 9.95 ERA and 8:6 K:BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings.


Could Jim Johnson regain closer's role?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) Athletics reliever Jim Johnson was very good in his first appearance since being removed from the closer's role last week, tossing two scoreless innings and striking out four Friday at Seattle. 

However, A's manager Bob Melvin isn't ready to make any decisions about Johnson potentially regaining the closer's role. As of now, Melvin said he's moving forward with Luke Gregerson and Sean Doolittle as co-closers.

"Nothing is set in stone," Melvin said during an interview Monday with MLB Network Radio. "We feel comfortable where we are right now. We feel like we have two good options."


A's moving to closer-by-committee approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Athletics manager Bob Melvin announced Thursday he's removed Jim Johnson from the closer's role and the team will turn to a closer-by-committee approach.

"We’re going to give Jim a break from closing," Melvin told reporters before Thursday's game against the Twins. "There’s no timetable, and I’m not going to say that I’ll be looking to give him a soft landing. We just want to let him get straightened out. And we have plenty of guys to do this."

Potential options to close out games for the A's include Luke Gregerson, Sean Doolittle, Ryan Cook and Dan Otero.


Jim Johnson continues early-season meltdown


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Athletics closer Jim Johnson is not endearing himself to his new teammates. He continued to blow leads Wednesday in Minnesota.

Johnson entered in the ninth with a 4-2 lead and promptly yielded singles or walks to four of the first five batters he faced before being mercifully removed. His team rebounded to win, but Johnson now owns an 18.90 ERA. He has surrendered nine hits and six walks in 3 1/3 innings.


Jim Johnson closes out Seattle for first save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Athletics closer Jim Johnson worked his way past a base hit and a walk as he struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning to secure a 6-3 win over Seattle, and his first save of the season.

In four appearances, Johnson has allowed five runs on seven hits in three innings of work. He owns a 4:4 K:BB ratio over that span.

Embattled Jim Johnson: 'I gotta trust in what I'm doing'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Athletics catcher Derek Norris has defended Jim Johnson and decried the shower of boos the team's new closer was forced to hear after losing the opener and blowing a save to Cleveland on Wednesday night.

"Getting booed off the field is not going to help the situation," Norris told MLB.com. "I think it's sad that he has to go through that here. Hopefully in the next couple weeks he'll change their minds and become the new fan favorite."

Johnson, who lamented after blowing a 4-3 lead to the Indians that his team should be 3-0, also spoke about his struggles.

"Tonight I missed a couple locations," he said. "...I left everything I had out there, and sometimes you don't have answers. The only thing I can do is just keep trying to improve every time I got out and correct this as quickly as poissible. ... I'm not going to be doing anyone any favors if I hang my head. ... I gotta trust in what I'm doing."

Johnson is 0-2 with a disturbing 45.00 ERA to begin the season.


Jim Johnson blows save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Athletics closer Jim Johnson turned in his second straight poor performance Wednesday, giving up three earned runs on three hits and two walks to blow the save and take the loss in his team's 6-4 defeat against the Indians.

Johnson opened the season by giving up two runs Monday while only recording one out, and he's now 0-2 with a 45.00 ERA and one blown save after two appearances. With Ryan Cook expected to return this weekend, Johnson could use a quality appearance in a hurry to keep a stranglehold on closing duties.


Jim Johnson takes loss on Opening Day


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) Athletics closer Jim Johnson took the mound in a nonsave situation in Monday's regular-season opener and gave up two earned runs on two hits and one walk while only recording one out, taking the loss in his team's 2-0 defeat against the Indians.

Johnson racked up 101 saves over the last two seasons, but he ends up starting 2014 off on the wrong foot. He still has 161 games to find his groove.


Jim Johnson, A's avoid arbitration with one-year deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2014) The Athletics and newly acquired closer Jim Johnson avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal worth $10 million on Thursday, the New York Post reports.

Johnson was traded to the A's on Dec. 2, after posting a 2.94 ERA with 50 saves over 70 1/3 innings of work with the Orioles in 2013. He has had back-to-back 50-save seasons.


Report: Athletics acquire Jim Johnson for Jemile Weeks


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) The Orioles finally found a buyer for closer Jim Johnson prior to Monday's non-tender deadline, as FOXSports.com reports Johnson has been traded to the Athletics for infielder Jemile Weeks. Johnson is projected to earn at least $10 million in arbitration, after making $6.5 million last season while posting a 2.94 ERA and his second 50-save season in a row in 2013.

Weeks is a former first-round pick who has failed to live up to expectations in parts of three seasons in the majors. He appeared in just eight games for the Athletics last season, and has a career .258/.319/.357 line in 859 at-bats.  


Orioles stepping up efforts to trade Jim Johnson


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/2/2013) FOXSports.com reports that the Orioles are actively shopping closer Jim Johnson. The Dodgers are reportedly one of the teams in contact with the Orioles.

Previous reports indicated that the Orioles were open to dealing Johnson, as he is set to earn more than $10 million through arbitration.


Orioles not ruling out trading Jim Johnson


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/27/2013) ESPN.com reports that the Orioles are open to trade offers for closer Jim Johnson.

While executive vice president Dan Duquette reportedly intends to offer arbitration to Johnson, the 30-year-old is expected to be awarded more than $10 million.

Johnson led the American League with 50 saves this season, but he also was the leader in blown saves with nine.


Orioles planning to tender all arbitration eligible players


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2013) Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told the Baltimore Sun Monday he has no intention of letting his arbitration eligible players go.

"We are planning on tendering those guys," Duquette said. "Most of the guys we have there are real good players."

First baseman Chris Davis highlights the list of arbitration eligible players, which features eight additional names. They are: catcher Matt Wieters; outfielders Nolan Reimold and Steve Pearce; and pitchers Troy Patton, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter, Jim Johnson and Bud Norris


Jim Johnson reflects on down year


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson realizes his performance was off this year, according to MASN.

Johnson said despite the struggles, he's happy with how he prepared for each game. "Trust me, I wish I was a little bit better a couple days, but I don't regret anything," Johnson said. "I prepared every day the same way, so there are no regrets, just unfortunate results a couple of times."

Johnson joined Eric Gagne as the only other pitcher to save at least 50 games in two consecutive seasons. He credited the team for putting him in those situations by leading games early. Johnson said he would like to be "part of the solution than part of the problem" going forward.


Jim Johnson hangs on for 50th save


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/29/2013) Jim Johnson wasn't especially effective in his final save opportunity of 2013, but he escaped to give the Orioles a win and himself a second consecutive 50-save season. Johnson allowed a run on three straight one-out singles, but he coaxed a double play ball from Will Middlebrooks to seal a 7-6 victory over the Red Sox.

The run expanded Johnson's ERA to 2.94, but he notched his 50th save in his 59th save chance of the season.


Jim Johnson closes out Red Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson entered Saturday's game against the Red Sox in the ninth inning with a slim, one-run advantage. The right-hander worked his way around a base hit as he struck out one in a scoreless frame to preserve a 6-5 victory.

Johnson is 49 of 58 in save chances, with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP in 69 1/3 innings.


O's say Jim Johnson will return next year


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2013) Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette confirmed Friday that closer Jim Johnson would be tendered a contract for 2014, according to the Baltimore Sun.

"Jimmy has done something historic in terms of the number of games he has saved over the last couple years. He has established significant value by doing that in consecutive years. He came into the job last year and I think he had nine saves in [2011], and over the last two years, he has [99]," Duquette said. "I think that Johnson has established himself as a top closer in the big leagues when you look at the top savers in the league. He is right up there."

Jim Johnson closes Blue Jays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson closed the door shut on the Blue Jays Thursday night, earning his 48th save of the season. The right-hander worked around a hit as he struck out one in a scoreless frame to preserve a 3-2 victory.

Johnson is 48 of 57 in save chances, with a 2.90 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

Jim Johnson strikes out two in ninth


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson pitched the ninth inning in a tie game Tuesday against Toronto. Johnson struck out two batters and kept the game tied.

Johnson needed 17 pitches as Toronto won the game 3-2. His ERA is at 2.94 as he has had a strong finish to the season despite mid-season struggles.


Jim Johnson records 47th save


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson gave up a leadoff single in the bottom of the 12th inning with a 5-3 lead Wednesday night in Boston. 

Johnson got a double-play grounder in the next at-bat, but Brian Roberts airmailed the throw to first to complete the DP. No matter, Johnson retired the next two batters on ground outs to earn his 47th save. 

He allowed just the one hit over eight pitches and lowered his ERA to 2.98. Johnson, who continues to lead the American League in saves, has not allowed a run in his last 12 appearances as he's pitching solid baseball down the stretch. 


Jim Johnson closes out Red Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson converted his 46th save of the season Tuesday night against the Red Sox. The right-hander worked a base hit as he struck out one over one inning of work to preserve a 3-2 victory.

Johnson is 46 of 55 in save opportunities, with a 3.03 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.

Jim Johnson notches save No. 45


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/15/2013) Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Orioles, as he saved a 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday. All Johnson allowed was a leadoff single to Anthony Gose, and he struck out Edwin Encarnacion to end the game.

The save was Johnson's 45th of the season, as he lowered his ERA to 3.08.


Jim Johnson gets back on track


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2013) Orioles closer Jim Johnson bounced back with his 44th save Friday night against the Blue Jays.

Johnson, who suffered his eighth loss of the season on Thursday, bounced back with a solid outing. The right-hander worked around a base hit as he struck out one in a scoreless ninth to preserve a 5-3 win for the Orioles.

Johnson is 44 of 53 in save chances with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.