Once a star relief-pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, Jim Johnson has fallen into a slump and completely off the MLB map.
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The Atlanta Braves have signed free agent relief pitcher Jim Johnson to a one-year deal with the team.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS the deal is worth a maximum of $2.5 million if incentives are reached:
jim johnson gets $1.6M guaranteed plus 900K incentives. #braves
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 3, 2014
This marks the fourth team in two years for Johnson, who signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers last August only a week after being released by the Oakland A’s.
Johnson, who saved a combined 101 games over the 2012 and 2013 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles, struggled with the A’s after signing a one-year, $10 million contract. He was 4-2 with a terrible 7.14 ERA in 38 games with the Athletics.
Johnson had similar ball control issues in Detroit, posting a 6.92 ERA with a 1.615 WHIP in 16 appearances with the Tigers after being promoted from Triple-A Toledo in mid-August. Johnson was left off the Tigers’ playoff roster.