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53 Jim Johnson RP
Height/Weight: 6-6/240 | Birthdate: 6/27/1983 | Birthplace: Johnson City, NY | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Atlanta | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $6,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 14/10 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Braves P Jim Johnson allows 2 hits, still gets save


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Braves reliever Jim Johnson picked up his fifth save of the season in Friday night's 2-1 victory over the Phillies. 

Johnson entered the game in the ninth inning and gave up two hits. However, he did enough to keep the Phillies from scoring despite the jam he got in. Johnson now has a 2.25 ERA for the season. 


Braves' Jim Johnson gets fourth save; Jason Grilli unavailable


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Reliever Jim Johnson recorded his fourth save of the season for the Braves in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Mets. Johnson worked around a pair of hits to complete the scoreless ninth inning.

With normal closer Jason Grilli unavailable after appearing in five of the Braves' last eight games, Johnson was called upon to preserve the one-run victory, and he did just that. Johnson extended his current scoreless streak to seven innings on Sunday.


Braves RP Jim Johnson gives up two costly runs in Friday's loss


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Braves reliever Jim Johnson had a rough eighth inning in Friday's loss to the Giants. Johnson, who came into the game with the Giants up 2-1, proceeded to give up two more runs, as the Giants won 4-2.

Though he wasn't given a loss or a blown save, Johnson's poor performance could have prevented the Braves from a comeback. Had the Giants not scored in the eighth, Freddie Freeman's ninth-inning home run would have tied the game up at two. 

In that eighth inning, Johnson gave up two hits and two runs. He walked two and hit a batter, as his ERA rose to 3.09. The outing put an end to his nine-game scoreless streak. 


Braves P Jim Johnson gets save in win over Reds


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Braves reliever Jim Johnson earned his second save of the season in Monday night's 2-1 win over the Reds. 

Johnson entered the ninth inning and faced four batters. His lone hit allowed was a single to Brandon Phillips. Johnson recorded one strikeout and now has an ERA of 3.52. 

Johnson has only given up one earned run in his last eight appearances. 


Braves' Jim Johnson hit hard in Friday set-up appearance


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Braves reliever Jim Johnson has gone back to a set-up role after earning his first save of the season on April 11. His last two appearances have been in the eighth inning. 

On Friday, he gave up his first runs of the season, allowing two runs on three hits, including a solo home run by Russell Martin.


Braves relief pitcher Jim Johnson earns first save of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Braves relief pitcher Jim Johnson allowed just one hit in his one inning of work Saturday, leading to his first save of the season in Atlanta's 5-3 win over the Mets.

Johnson's only blemish came on a Juan Lagares infield hit where shortstop Andrelton Simmons was unable to come up with the ball on a high hop. He filled in for Jason Grilli, who already has three saves this season.

"[Johnson] has done it before, and boy he's throwing the ball well," manager Fredi Gonzalez said to MLB.com. "It's a nice luxury to have."


Jim Johnson gets win, Jason Grilli save in Braves win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Jim Johnson earned a win for the Braves in relief, and Jason Grilli recorded his third save of the season in a 5-3 win over the Mets. 

Johnson allowed one hit and struck out three in a scoreless eighth inning. The Braves then rallied to break open a tie game in the bottom of the inning. 

Grilli struck out one and walked one in a scoreless ninth. He's saved three of the Braves four wins this season, and the walk was the first baserunner he's allowed in three innings. 


Braves go with Jason Grilli as closer, Jim Johnson as setup man


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Reliever Jason Grilli will take over as the Braves closer following the trade of Craig Kimbrel, manager Fredi Gonzalez announced Monday. Gonzalez added Jim Johnson will be used in a setup role, but he will be the backup closer if Grilli needs a day off.

Both Grilli and Johnson have closer experience. Grilli was an All-Star closer for the Pirates in 2013 and has 50 career saves. Johnson was an All-Star closer for the Orioles in 2012. He has 124 career saves, including back-to-back seasons of 50 or more saves in 2012 and 2013.


Braves planning to add Brandon Cunniff to bullpen


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) After trading closer Craig Kimbrel, the Braves now have an open spot in their bullpen. 

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , the Braves will add Brandon Cunniff , who was recently optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. Cunniff will join the team before Monday's Opening Day game. 

Braves general manager said Jim Johnson and Jason Grilli could possibly close games, with the team looking at Juan Jaime for that role down the road. 


Jim Johnson willing to make multi-inning appearances for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Jim Johnson, who will pitch in a minor league game on Saturday, is willing to make some multi-inning appearances this season. 

Gonzalez said that Johnson is open to the idea, per MLB.com's Mark Bowman

Johnson has gone longer than one inning just 11 times in his last 206 outings, dating back to late 2011. That included a stretch of 126 straight appearances of an inning or less, from late 2012 to early 2014. The last time Johnson pitched three innings in an outing was September 5, 2011. 


Braves' Jim Johnson throws perfect inning in spring debut


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Braves pitcher Jim Johnson threw a perfect fourth inning as a part of Atlanta's 10-inning no hitter Sunday. Manager Fredi Gonzalez was happy to see Johnson utilize his sinker well, reports MLB.com.

"I've seen his sink come back in the bullpen [sessions] and he translated that here in his first outing," Gonzalez said. "So that's a good sign. That's really a good sign."

Johnson wanted to make sure hitters weren't able to get under his pitches.

"With the first outing, I was just trying to locate the fastball, and obviously if guys are hitting the ball in the dirt, that is kind of what I'm supposed to be doing," Johnson said. "Everything went well."


Braves' Gonzalez: Jim Johnson has sinker working early in camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was encouraged after watching veteran reliever Jim Johnson throw a side session Monday, per MLB.com.

"I saw him today throwing his bullpen from the [catcher's perspective] and his sinker really has some really good depth to it," Gonzalez said. "Again, it's only the second bullpen and it's only Feb. 23, but it really looked good."


Braves sign reliever Jim Johnson to one-year deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Braves announced Wednesday they signed reliever Jim Johnson to a one-year contract.

The former Orioles and Athletics closer had a rough 2014 season. He lost his job as the A's closer very early in the season and finished the year with a 7.09 ERA in 54 relief outings between Oakland and Detroit.

Johnson had consecutive 50-plus save seasons in 2012 and 2013 before struggling last season. He was an All-Star in 2012. 


Tigers add Jim Johnson to major-league roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) The Tigers purchased the contract of reliever Jim Johnson following Saturday's game against the Mariners. The former Orioles and A's closer was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in four relief appearances for Triple-A Toledo.

Tigers expected to add Jim Johnson to majors soon


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Tigers reliever Jim Johnson is expected to be brought to the majors quickly, reports MLB.com Thursday.

Johnson, who is pitching at Triple-A Toledo after signing a minor-league contract with the Tigers, was a candidate to fill a recent bullpen opening. However, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Johnson wanted to make at least one more appearance at Toledo before he gets the call.

Johnson has appeared in three games at Toledo since signing, allowing one earned run while striking out one batter and walking one in 3 2/3 innings of work. 


Report: Tigers adding Jim Johnson on minor-league deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) The Tigers have signed recently released reliever Jim Johnson to a minor-league deal, FOXSports.com reports Tuesday.

The Athletics let Johnson go after he posted a 7.14 ERA in 40 1/3 innings. He has 28 strikeouts and 23 walks overall and only two saves, just one season removed from consecutive 50-save seasons.


Jim Johnson to throw for Orioles Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Free-agent pitcher Jim Johnson is scheduled to throw a side session for the Orioles Monday, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Released by the A's Friday, Johnson was expected to serve as the closer in Oakland before enduring choppy waters this season. He posted a 6.92 ERA and 28:23 K:BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings before the move.


Jim Johnson let go by Athletics


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Just one year removed from a 50-save season, right-hander Jim Johnson has been released by the Athletics.

Johnson opened the season as their closer, but struggled mightily and finished his stint with the team with a 6.92 ERA and 60 hits and 23 walks allowed in 40 1/3 innings. He had been designated for assignment last week.


A's remove Jim Johnson from roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) The Athletics made a surprising move Thursday, as reliever Jim Johnson was designated for assignment.

Johnson began the season as the A's closer after being acquired in a December trade with Baltimore. Johnson was removed from the closer's role after a few weeks and had been pitching in middle relief. However, his performance lately had been pretty bad. He's allowed 12 runs (11 earned) in his last five outings.

The move comes as a bit of a surprise since Johnson's name has been linked to trade rumors. In fact, he was almost traded to Miami in early June and it's reported the Marlins are still interested in the veteran reliever.


Marlins remain interested in trading for Jim Johnson


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) The Marlins remain interested in trading for Athletics reliever Jim Johnson, sources told The Miami Herald. Starting pitcher prospect Adam Conley is a name the A's have discussed with the Marlins about a player they could get in return.

FOX Sports reported the Marlins and A's nearly had a deal in place in early June, which would have included Miami's Competitive Balance pick in the draft (No. 39 overall) for Johnson. However, Miami dealt that pick to Pittsburgh in exchange for Bryan Morris.


A's still hoping to unload Jim Johnson before the deadline


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) The Athletics are still pushing to trade reliever Jim Johnson before the July 31 trade deadline, a source told the Bay Area News Group on Sunday. 

Johnson signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the A's after posting back-to-back 50-save seasons with the Orioles. However, he lost his closer role early in the season and has continued to pitch poorly. The A's don't want to eat the rest of his contract and are looking to unload him.

Johnson owns a whopping 6.25 ERA, a 1.96 WHIP and 28:23 K:BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings of relief this season.


Jim Johnson earns win in extra innings Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Athletics pitcher Jim Johnson earned a win Saturday by pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings while giving up three hits, walking two and striking out four in his team's 7-6, 14-inning win over the Marlins.

Johnson (4-2) loaded the bases in the 14th before leaving it up to another reliever to get the final two outs of the game, but he still came away with his fourth win of the year. Johnson owns a 5.14 ERA and 26:21 K:BB ratio in 35 innings.


Angels shopping for bullpen help


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) The Angels are looking to add one or two arms to help solidify the back end of the team's bullpen, with Padres pitchers Huston Street and Joaquin Benoit, Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon and Antonio Bastardo and Athletics pitcher Jim Johnson of interest to the team, MLB.com reports.

"This is by far the most talent we've had in the bullpen since I've been here, the most depth -- we just haven't been able to figure out how to get it on a consistent roll yet," general manager Jerry Dipoto said, though he wouldn't comment on specific targets. "There are pieces here that are very functional in getting to a good bullpen, and I believe that we'll get there. But we are going to have to address some of that in July and help this group out."

The Angels have received spotty play from former ninth-inning man Ernesto Frieri this season, and they'd like to bring a southpaw aboard so that Hector Santiago has the flexibility to move to the rotation if needed. Expect the Angels to keep cropping up in reliever trade rumors over the next month-plus.


Report: Athletics shopping Jim Johnson


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) The Athletics are trying to unload deposed closer Jim Johnson, according to Fox Sports.

Johnson lost his closer role early in the season and has continued to pitch poorly. He has given up nine earned runs in his last 8 1/3 innings pitched. The hope for a trade partner is that he regains the form that resulted in 101 saves with Baltimore the last two seasons combined.


Jim Johnson has dramatic home/road split


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/2/2014) Athletics reliever Jim Johnson has been solid on the road this year, going 3-0 with a 1.98 ERA and holding opposing batters to a .200 average. At home he's been horrific. Johnson is 0-2 with a 14.04 ERA at the Coliseum, and opponents are hitting .465 against him.

"I don't know what the numbers are," Johnson told the San Jose Mercury News. "I have no clue. I don't think the numbers really matter."