Braves Sign Jim Johnson To One-Year Deal

According to Mark Bowman of, the Atlanta Braves have signed reliever Jim Johnson to a one-year contract worth $2.5MM. The Braves later confirmed it.

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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