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49 Jim Johnson RP
Height/Weight: 6-6/240 | Birthdate: 6/27/1983 | Birthplace: Johnson City, NY | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $6,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 9/4 | Average Draft Position: 149.35
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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 | CBSSports.com
(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."


Ranking the Athletics relievers


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/13/2014) Notice who got the save for the Athletics Monday? Nope, it wasn't Jim Johnson. He tried his darndest but couldn't record even an out in his second save opportunity since returning to the closer role. And Luke Gregerson wasn't the one to bail him out even though he hadn't pitched since Saturday.

No, Sean Doolittle got the save for the Athletics Monday, and given how easily he wiggled out of that jam, striking out two in a perfect inning of work, he could soon be in a position to do much for Fantasy owners.

While neither Johnson nor Gregerson are ideally suited for the role as pitch-to-contact types, Doolittle has electric, swing-and-miss stuff, piling up 26 strikeouts in his 20 innings this season. He also has yet to issue a single walk. And because the penny-pinching Athletics already signed him to a five-year deal just a few weeks ago, they won't have to worry about him taking a big saves total to the arbitration table. If he didn't throw left-handed, it would make too much sense.

If I'm ranking the Athletics relievers for the short-term, I go Johnson, Gregerson, Doolittle, but I have a hunch Doolittle comes away with the job eventually.


Jim Johnson records save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Athletics pitcher Jim Johnson picked up his second save of the season Wednesday, posting a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his team's 2-0 win over the Mariners.

The A's ran through five relievers in Game 1 of the doubleheader before deciding to go with the fresh Johnson in the ninth inning of the nightcap. He owns a 4.11 ERA and 14:10 K:BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings and likely won't remain a regular closer after struggling Tuesday.


Both Athletics relievers worth stashing


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/7/2014) With the way the Athletics have used him lately, having him pitch the eighth inning or earlier in each of his last six appearances, you'd think Luke Gregerson's stint as a closer was over and done.

But before Jim Johnson even officially stepped back into the role, he opened the door for Gregerson to reclaim it, allowing four unearned runs on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning Tuesday.

Granted, it was a non-save situation -- the Athletics were trailing by one run when Johnson entered -- but it was still the ninth inning of a tight game. Johnson couldn't afford to let anybody score, and unearned or not, he did -- four times over.

Gregerson blew a couple saves in his stint as the closer, but he has been far and away the more effective reliever this season, compiling a 2.55 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 17 appearances. Better hold on to both him and Johnson while the Athletics continue to sort out the situation.


Saves likely in Jim Johnson's future


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/5/2014) Jim Johnson didn't get a save Sunday. He got a win in a game that went to extra innings. But the Athletics used him much like they'd use a closer, bringing him into a tie game in the ninth inning and letting him finish out the game after they took the lead in the bottom half of the inning.

And even more telling: They used Luke Gregerson and Sean Doolittle, the two pitchers who had taken save opportunities from Johnson in recent weeks, in the seventh and eighth innings. OK, so Doolittle stuck around for the first out in the ninth, but you get the idea. The Athletics weren't saving them for the ninth like they were Johnson.

Since his removal from the closer role, Johnson has had eight scoreless appearances, allowing seven hits and two walks in 10 1/3 innings. You'd think that would be enough to regain manager Bob Melvin's trust, especially since Gregerson and Doolittle have both blown their share of games.

And it should be enough to regain your trust in Fantasy. After all, we're talking about the MLB leader in saves each of the last two years.


Jim Johnson picks up win in extras Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) Athletics reliever Jim Johnson was awarded his third win of the season, as he pitched the final 1 2/3 innings of Sunday's 3-2 win in extras over the Red Sox in Boston.

Johnson, who is working on regaining his role as the team's closer, allowed just one hit and forced five ground ball outs in 16 pitches. Yoenis Cespedes drove in the go-ahead run on an infield single in the top of the 10th for the win.

Johnson owns a 4.61 ERA, a 1.76 WHIP and a 13:8 K:BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings.

Jim Johnson would have been used closer Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2014) Athletics reliever Jim Johnson would have been used as the team's closer in a save situation Friday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Oakland exploded for seven runs in the ninth, taking the game out of range for Johnson to get a save. Had the game been close, Johnson would have come in to finish off the Astros. Johnson has not recorded a save since April 4. It appears he's back in the mix for the late inning spot.

Johnson has a 6.30 ERA over 10 innings.


Jim Johnson could soon be 'part of ninth-inning mix'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Athletics manager Bob Melvin told the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday that reliever Jim Johnson could soon "be part of the mix in the ninth inning." The A's have been using a closer-by-committee approach since Johnson's last blown save.

Since losing the closer role on April 9, Johnson has tossed five straight scoreless outings, none of which have come in the ninth inning. He's allowed five hits and two walks while striking out six in 6 2/3 scoreless innings since his last ninth-inning meltdown.

A's maintain status quo with closer situation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2014) Athletics manager Bob Melvin re-iterated that his closer situation remains "status quo," meaning he'll continue his closer-by-committee approach, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reports.

Jim Johnson started the season as the closer, but lost the job on April 10. Since losing his role as the ninth inning man, he has since allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out five over five scoreless frames.

Since Johnson lost his role, Luke Gregerson is 2 for 3 in save chances with a 1.93 ERA over 4 2/3 innings pitched. Sean Doolittle is 1 for 2 in save opportunities, and has allowed two runs over 3 1/3 innings since April 10.

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.