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Tigers purchase the contract of RHP Jim Johnson from Triple-A Toledo for Sunday's game.

While he's got a 5.79 ERA over four appearances down in Triple-A Toledo, Johnson will get the call-up anyway and join the Tigers bullpen. He'll likely pitch in middle relief, in low-leverage situations to start.;
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

16 Aug, 11:48 PMSource

Jim Johnson threw two solid innings at Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday. He told Tigers officials he would prefer to stay in Toledo for one more outing.

He actually threw two perfect innings with one strikeout and has now allowed just one run over 3.2 innings for Toledo. But Johnson wants to be absolutely sure and obviously has had his confidence a little beaten up lately. The Tigers will respect his wishes and let him throw in the minors again before making the decision to bring him up.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

14 Aug, 10:12 AMSource

Tigers sign Jim Johnson to a minor-league deal.

This is a low-risk signing by Detroit, which has dedicated plenty of attention to shoring up the pen. Johnson has never been an outright dominant reliever in the sense of maintaining high strikeout rates or overwhelming stuff stuff, but he certainly has a history of effectiveness.
Analyst: Drew Phelps  View Profile

5 Aug, 02:20 PMSource

Free agent RHP Jim Johnson threw a 10-minute side session Monday in front of Scott McGregor at Orioles complex in Sarasota.

Orioles rehab pitching coordinator Scott McGregor oversaw Johnson's work out and said it went well. The O's are looking to sign Johnson to a minor league contract but there's nothing official yet. Johnson posted a 6.92 ERA in 40 1/3 innings this season with the A's, who released him on August 1.
Analyst: Drew Phelps  View Profile

4 Aug, 02:35 PMSource

Jim Johnson will throw a side session Monday at the Orioles spring training complex.

Johnson was traded this past off-season from Baltimore to Oakland but was recently released after having a terrible season which saw him lose his closing role with Oakland after posting a 4-2 record but with a 7.14 ERA.
Analyst: Jonathan Impemba  View Profile

3 Aug, 10:48 PMSource

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

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

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