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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%: 14/9 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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."


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.