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Tigers call up veteran Johnson to aid 'pen

Two weeks after being released by Oakland, Jim Johnson is headed back to the big leagues. The Tigers announced they will call up the former O's and A's closer from Triple-A Toledo and put him in their bullpen Sunday, trying to add a veteran arm to a late-inning staff that has had its struggles. Johnson is not expected to reprise the closer's role that earned him back...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tigers plan to call up Jim Johnson after his next minor league appearance

Since the Tigers’ bullpen is still a complete disaster the team has decided they’re going to call up former A’s and Orioles reliever Jim Johnson once he makes one more appearance in Triple-A Toledo per his request. Via the Detroit News: “At Jim’s request, he wanted another outing [at Triple-A Toledo],” manager Brad Ausmus said. “It’s a good sign because he understands...
Via The Majors Detroit
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Newly signed reliever Jim Johnson on verge of being called up by Tigers, requests another outing in Toledo

The Detroit Tigers were prepared to promote newly signed reliever Jim Johnson to Detroit on Wednesday night. In an odd twist, Johnson actually asked to stay in the minors a bit longer. The Tigers needed to add a fresh arm to their bullpen late Wednesday, and were believed to be on the verge of calling up Johnson to fill a spot on the active roster vacated by starting pitcher Buck...
Via Pro Sports Daily
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Former 50-save closer Johnson hoping to get it together in Toledo for Tigers

TOLEDO, Ohio -- The stuff is there. Jim Johnson still has the velocity and repertoire to dominate like he did for the Baltimore Orioles in 2012 and 2013, when he registered 101 saves -- the third-highest two-year total in major league history. Johnson's command went AWOL, though. And it got so bad that the Oakland A's released him and ate his $10 million contract for 2014...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jim Johnson throws side session for Orioles

Free agent relief Jim Johnson threw a 10-minute side session on Monday at the spring training complex of the Baltimore Orioles. Johnson saved 51 and 50 games for the Orioles in 2011 and 2012 before the team traded him to Oakland over the winter in a move to avoid paying his arbitration salary. The Athletics soured on Johnson quickly and released him on August 1 after he posted a...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles Rumors: Baltimore likely to sign Jim Johnson to minor-league deal

The Baltimore Orioles are showing interest in the recently released Jim Johnson and it would be a surprise if they don't sign him, reports Roch Kubatko of Like what you're reading? Subscribe for daily updates!* indicates requiredEmail Address * Follow @sprtsrumoralert
Via Sports Rumor Alert
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Jim Johnson Designated For Assignment By Oakland Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics have designated right-hander Jim Johnson for assignment before Thursday’s game against the Houston Astros. Johnson, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, was 4-2 with a 6.92 ERA in 38 games with the A’s. Brought in to replace Grant Balfour as the team’s closer, Johnson faltered early, blowing his first two chances before losing...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Jim Johnson: Addition-By-Subtraction The Best Option for the A’s

Although you could argue that perhaps the time has already passed, there is no arguing now that Jim Johnson’s time in Oakland needs to have come to an end with his last outing last night against the Houston Astros. Johnson, traded for to be the closer to replace the popular Grant Balfour, came to Oakland with a very impressive 101 saves over the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He has recorded...
Via BaySportsNet
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Jim Johnson And The Fallen Closers Club

Jim Johnson has gone from being the American League’s top closer in 2013 to being a mop-up man in Oakland in 2014. For Oakland A’s demoted closer Jim Johnson, WAR is hell. Specifically, his -0.9 WAR in what’s been a hard-to-watch collapse by the man who led the American League with 50 saves last season with the Baltimore Orioles. In the past two decades, no pitcher has led...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s trade rumors: Jim Johnson edition

Jim Johnson The Oakland A’s 2014 appointed closer at the beginning of the season was Jim Johnson. However, due to his poor performance, he was demoted after only eight games. The Athletics agreed to pay Johnson a $10 million dollar salary, so that they could have the best closer in the MLB. However, Johnson has just not been effective. Since his demotion, Johnson has pitched in...
July 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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