The Detroit Tigers are again attempting to shore up their bullpen, this time by signing Jim Johnson to a minor-league deal, per Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Source: #Tigers sign Jim Johnson to minor-league deal.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 5, 2014
Johnson, 31, was released by the Oakland Athletics last week. meaning that because Johnson is set to make $10 million this season, paid by the Athletics. The signing team of a player who has been released is only responsible for the prorated league minimum fo the remainder of the season. So the Tigers could call up Johnson to the major leagues whenever they please.
A former All-Star closer with the Baltimore Orioles, Johnson has struggled for the majority of this season. He has a 7.14 ERA, 2.06 WHIP and 28 strikeouts to go along with 23 walks in 40 1/3 innings. Johnson was very good in 2012 with Baltimore and was a productive piece out of the bullpen last season as well, so it’s worth a shot to grab him on a cheap deal, much like the Tigers did.
Detroit ranks 28th amongst all major league teams in bullpen ERA, with their current ERA standing at 4.53. The Tigers have 14 bullpen losses and 10 blown saves.