The Braves signed Johnson to a one-year contract Monday. Johnson opened last season as the Braves' top setup man and eventually took over closing duties from Jason Grilli following the latter's season-ending Achilles injury. However, Johnson's stint as a closer lasted less than a month before he was shipped to the Dodgers at the trade deadline. In the end, he made 72 appearances between the two organizations, posting 10 saves to go with a 2-6 record, 4.45 ERA, 1.455 WHIP, and 50:20 K:BB in 66.2 innings. Expect Johnson to challenge for the Braves' setup role yet again.
Pitcher Jim Johnson was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Wednesday. As was the case with Mat Latos, Johnson's time in Los Angeles was nothing short of disastrous, as he allowed a whopping 21 earned runs on 32 hits in just 18.2 innings after coming over from Atlanta at the deadline. He was much better with the Braves, earning 20 holds and nine saves while only blowing four chances, but the 32-year-old will likely have to settle for another one-year deal, if he even receives a major-league offer.
Dodgers reliever Jim Johnson allowed one earned run in a one-inning appearance in Sunday's loss to the Rockies. Johnson had been away from the team for a few days following the birth of his child, but he should be back with the squad for the rest of the campaign. He will continue pitching in middle relief.
Dodgers reliever Jim Johnson will leave the team for a few days for the birth of his child, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports. Johnson was getting the ball in low-leverage situations so this should have a minimal effect in fantasy leagues over the next couple days.
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.