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54 Jim Johnson RP
Height/Weight: 6-6/240 | Birthdate: 6/27/1983 | Birthplace: Johnson City, NY | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $6,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 40/29 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Dodgers snag strong starters in deal with Marlins, Braves


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2015) The Dodgers have snagged several veterans in a just-completed three-way trade filled with prospects, per Yahoo Sports.

They receive starting pitchers Alex Wood and Bronson Arroyo and relievers Luis Avilan and Jim Johnson, as well as minor league utility infielder Jose Peraza from the Braves. They also get first baseman Michael Morse and starting pitcher Mat Latos from the Marlins.

The Dodgers sent several prospects to both teams. First baseman Hector Olivera, lefty Paco Rodriguez and starting pitcher Zachary Bird head to Atlanta while pitchers Victor Araujo and Angel Guzman go to Miami.

The keys are Wood and Latos, who will likely immediately join the Los Angeles rotation, as well as Johnson, who has been used as the Atlanta closer.

The 24-year-old Wood hasn't performed as well this season as he did in 2014, but he is 7-6 with a 3.54 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 119 1/3 innings.

Latos is 4-7 with a 4.48 ERA, but has come on strong. He has allowed just six earned runs in his last 26 innings pitched.

Johnson has nine saves, but will almost certainly be used behind Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.


Report: Dodgers, Marlins, Braves working on three-team deal


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) The Braves, Dodgers and Marlins are in the working stages of a three-team, nine-player deal. According to reports, the Braves are expected to send top prospect Jose Peraza , left-hander Alex Wood and relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan to the Dodgers.

In return, the Braves would receive prospect Hector Olivera , lefty reliever Paco Rodriguez and minor-league pitcher Zach Bird from the Dodgers, and a 2016 draft pick from the Marlins.

The Marlins are also sending right-hander Mat Latos and first baseman Michael Morse to the Dodgers in exchange for three minor-league pitchers--right-handers Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman.

None of the three teams have officially announced the deal as of yet. 


Braves closer Jim Johnson blows save in agonizing defeat


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2015) Braves closer Jim Johnson was no closer Monday night against Baltimore. He was an enabler.

Johnson allowed the Orioles to tie the game in the ninth after his teammates had finally scratched across the only run of the game in the top of the inning. Successive singles to start the frame were followed by a sacrifice fly by J.J. Hardy that extended a game that Baltimore eventually won.

The right-hander had been lights-out most of the year, but has given up a run in two of his last four appearances.


Jim Johnson saves ninth for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) Braves reliever Jim Johnson earned his ninth save of the year, Sunday against St. Louis. 

Johnson allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth to protect a one-run lead. 

Johnson converted his sixth straight save opportunity and recorded a save in his third straight appearance. 


Braves RP Jim Johnson gets save No. 8 on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) Braves reliever Jim Johnson recorded his eighth save of the year, protecting a 4-3 win over the Dodgers on Tuesday. Johnson worked a perfect ninth inning, needing just 10 pitches to retire the side in order. 

Braves RP Jim Johnson picks up seventh win of the season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/20/2015) Braves relief pitcher Jim Johnson managed to close out a shaky ninth inning to earn his seventh save of the season on Monday.

Despite allowing three hits and a run in the ninth, Johnson got out of trouble and helped his team seal a 7-5 win over the Dodgers.

Johnson now has a 2.20 ERA with 32 strikeouts and 14 walks in 45 innings this season.


Braves RP Jim Johnson records sixth save on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/17/2015) Braves reliever Jim Johnson picked up his sixth save of the season in the 4-2 win over the Cubs on Friday. Johnson struck out a batter in a perfect ninth inning, preserving the victory.

Johnson recorded his first save since closer Jason Grilli was lost for the year with a ruptured Achilles. Johnson figures to get the bulk of the save chances moving foward, unless the Braves make any changes in the bullpen.


Uribe, Maybin among Braves players still available in trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2015) The Braves remain sellers despite having a decent first half, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Atlanta enters the second half with a 42-47 record and seven games out of first place in the NL East.

Juan UribeCameron MaybinJim Johnson and Chris Johnson remain available in trades, according to Heyman.


Braves' Jim Johnson inherits closer role, Vizcaino could be next


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/12/2015) When Braves closer Jason Grilli suffered a season-ending Achilles rupture on Saturday, teammate Jim Johnson inherited his closer role. Now, since Johnson has been subject to trade rumors the closer role could eventually be passed down again to Arodys Vizcaino, per MLB.com.

Johnson (2-3) has a 2.09 ERA with 31 strikeouts and 14 walks in 43 innings this season, while Vizcaino has thrown just three innings since being recalled from Triple-A earlier this week.


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.