According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the Atlanta Braves have signed reliever Jim Johnson to a one-year contract worth $2.5MM. The Braves later confirmed it.
DejaVu — The Braves have signed right-handed reliever Jim Johnson to a one-year deal. They signed him on Dec. 3 last year.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) November 30, 2015
Jim Johnson will receive $2.5M with his one-year deal. #Braves — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) November 30, 2015
#Braves agree to terms with RHP Jim Johnson on one-year contract; Free-agent reliever returns to bullpen for the 2016 campaign — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) November 30, 2015
Johnson, 32, signed with the Braves last season before being traded to the Dodgers midway through the 2015 season. In 48 innings pitched with the Braves he posted a 2.25 ERA with a ground-ball rate of 61 percent. For the Dodgers, he had trouble keeping the ball in the yard, giving up three homers in 18 innings with a 10.13 ERA resulting in being left off the playoff roster.
Once a top closer in baseball with the Orioles, Johnson is now trying to stay in the league after a meltdown season in 2014 with the Athletics and Tigers (7.09 ERA). Even though his control has been inconsistent, his high ground-ball rate and velocity could help him stay in the league for a considerable amount of time.
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