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The Oakland Athletics have released RP Jim Johnson.

While on the surface this may be big news, it's actually been a long time coming. Johnson has been a $10 million disaster this season, posting a 6.92 ERA with a 2.06 WHIP. He'll likely catch on with another team maybe looking for a reclamation project, but his fantasy value is at zero as he's not picking up any save chances or high-leverage situations anytime soon.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

24 Jul, 12:56 PMSource

The Athletics have been shopping Jim Johnson around to multiple big league clubs.

It was reported yesterday that the A's almost had a deal worked out a deal with Marlins for their compensation round pick in tomorrow's draft. They ended up taking a deal for Pittsburgh's Bryan Morris. Johnson is owed $10+ Million this year, so it's likely the A's would have to eat a significant amount of his contract to get anything in return.
Analyst: Spencer Silva  View Profile

4 Jun, 10:16 PMSource

Manager Bob Melvin says Jim Johnson is the "wild card" in the bullpen right now. He'll be used in a variety of roles.

One way he won't be used is as the A's closer unless Sean Doolittle needs a day off. In case you missed it, Doolittle has replaced Johnson as the team's closer and this time around it seems safe to drop Johnson as it will be hard pressed for him to get a third shot at closing anytime soon after blowing his second chance at the job.
Analyst: Michael Pichan  View Profile

21 May, 05:16 PMSource

A's manager Bob Melvin said that Jim Johnson has put himself in position to be the closer again.

Johnson has pitched 12 straight scoreless innings with 11 Ks over that span which included him earning the save back on May 7th vs Seattle. Johnson was acquired in the off-season from Baltimore and is getting paid 10 million dollars to be the closer for Oakland.
Analyst: Jonathan Impemba  View Profile

10 May, 08:01 PM

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Analyst: Jeff Mans  View Profile

17 Jul, 07:49 PMSource

Jim Johnson (3-2) earned the win on Sunday as he pitched 1.2 scoreless innings as the A's defeated the Red Sox 3-2 in 10 innings.

Since being removed from the closer role, Johnson has turned his season around having yet to allow an earned run over his last 10.1 innings of relief. While the Athletics continue to role with a closer-by-committee approach, it is clear that Johnson should be the frontrunner based on his recent success, so if he is sitting on the waiver wire in your league, he is worth a stash moving forward.
Analyst: Matthew Beck  View Profile

5 May, 02:22 AM

Manager Bob Melvin said Jim Johnson is pitching his way into late-inning role again.

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! It's taken Melvin a little longer and a few blown saves more than it should have, but we knew it would be just a short matter of time before he gave Johnson the closer's role back. It's not quite official yet, but it should only take another outing or two before the job belongs to Johnson again.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

2 May, 10:22 PMSource

Jim Johnson is now a consideration again in the ninth inning, but he's not back in closer role.

Not a surprise as Luke Gregerson, and to a certain extent Sean Doolittle, both doo-doo'd in their pants when they were given the chance to close in place of Johnson. You should have already dropped Gregerson in most mixed leagues and if Johnson happens to be available pick him up and give him a chance as he seems to have made the necessary adjustments as he has not allowed a run in his last five appearances since losing his job as the team's closer.
Analyst: Michael Pichan  View Profile

24 Apr, 06:29 PMSource

Jim Johnson picked up his second win in as many nights with two scoreless innings against the Angels on Tuesday. He allowed one hit and one walk with one strikeout.

Johnson has now pitched five scoreless innings of relief since being removed from the closer role last week, having allowed only three baserunners over that span. Although the Athletics will continue to use a closer-by-committee approach, if Johnson can put together a few more outings like this in tough situations then they may be singing a different tune sooner than later.
Analyst: Matthew Beck  View Profile

16 Apr, 06:57 AM

Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless eighth inning to earn the win in his team's 3-2 victory over the Angels Monday.

Although the Athletics have removed Johnson from his closer duties, the team still feels he can regain the job if he can work out the kinks that forced their hand last week. If he puts together a few more outings like this we may see him back in the ninth inning, although he would be on an even shorter leash than what he was on to start the year.
Analyst: Matthew Beck  View Profile

15 Apr, 08:41 AM

Jim Johnson is out as the A's closer for now. Sean Doolittle or Luke Gregerson would be the likely successors.

Slightly surprising move here, but considering that Johnson has given up seven runs in 3.1 innings this year and blew another save opportunity on Wednesday, manager Bob Melvin needed to do something. The team will move forward with a "closer-by-committee" approach so while Gregerson and Doolittle will be part of the action, Ryan Cook and even Dan Otero will be a part of the mix. Melvin will choose based on the situation, handedness and who pitched the day before.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

10 Apr, 11:35 AMSource

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