current status: Off season (on 40-man roster)
P | 6'6", 240 lbs. | Oakland
Birth Date:June 27, 1983 (30 years old) Place of Birth:Johnson City, NY Hometown:Endicott, NY
Drafted:Drafted by Baltimore in 2001 (5th round).
Acquired:Acquired in a trade with Baltimore in 2013.
Drafted:Drafted by Baltimore in 2001 (5th round).
Acquired:Acquired in a trade with Baltimore in 2013.
|Assets:||Has the ideal body type for a pitcher. Displays an ability to get out of jams. Is also pretty durable and cool under pressure.|
|Flaws:||Can surrender too many base-runners, which limits his effectiveness. The long ball can also be a bit of problem for him.|
|Career Potential:||Decent late-inning reliever.|
Career Honors & Awards
|AL||Rolaids Relief Man||2012|
|Named to the All-Star Game||2012|
|Carolina League (A)||All-Star Team||2005|
Movements & Injuries
|1/16/2014||Signed by the Oakland Athletics to a one-year contract extension.|
|12/02/2013||Acquired from the Baltimore Orioles.|
|2/08/2013||Re-signed by the Baltimore Orioles to a one-year contract.|
|4/30/2012||Missed 6 games (flu).|
|1/16/2012||Re-signed by the Baltimore Orioles to a one-year contract.|
|1/17/2011||Re-signed by the Baltimore Orioles to a one-year contract.|
|8/27/2010||Missed 80 games (right elbow injury).|
|7/21/2010||Transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL (right elbow injury).|
|5/29/2010||Recalled from Norfolk (AAA).|
|5/29/2010||Right elbow injury, early September.|
|5/01/2010||Optioned to Norfolk (AAA).|
|8/20/2009||Missed 3 games (personal reasons).|
|8/18/2009||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|3/08/2009||Re-signed by the Baltimore Orioles to a one-year contract.|
|10/02/2008||Missed the last 20 games of the regular season (shoulder injury).|
|9/08/2008||Shoulder injury, early September (retroactive to September 8th, 2008).|
|9/04/2008||Right shoulder inflammation, day-to-day.|
|4/11/2008||Recalled from Norfolk (AAA).|
|3/27/2008||Optioned to Norfolk (AAA).|
|1/22/2008||Re-signed by the Baltimore Orioles to a one-year contract.|
|8/25/2007||Optioned to Norfolk (AAA).|
|8/23/2007||Recalled from Norfolk (AAA).|
|4/29/2007||Optioned to Norfolk (AAA).|
|4/24/2007||Recalled from Norfolk (AAA).|
|3/12/2007||Optioned to Norfolk (AAA).|
|2/07/2007||Re-signed by the Baltimore Orioles to a one-year contract.|
|7/30/2006||Optioned to Bowie (AA).|
|7/28/2006||Recalled from Bowie (AA).|
|3/12/2006||Optioned to Bowie (AA).|
|11/18/2005||Contract purchased from Frederick (A).|
|12/02/2013||Baltimore Orioles traded Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics for Jemile Weeks and a player to be named (David Freitas-Dec 12 2013).|
|6/05/2001||Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 5th round in 2001.|
A's avoid arbitration with closer Jim Johnson | 01/16/2014 7:35 PM
NewsAthletics avoided arbitration with RHP Jim Johnson by agreeing to a one-year, $10 million contract.
Joel Sherman on Twitter
ImpactMLBTradeRumors.com had Johnson projected to get $10.8 millionin his final year of arbitration. Acquired last month in a trade with the Orioles, Johnson has posted back-to-back 50-save seasons and will hold down the ninth inning in Oakland.
Johnson lands in Oakland to be A's closer | 12/03/2013 12:05 AM
NewsAthletics acquired RHP Jim Johnson from the Orioles for 2B Jemile Weeks and a player to be named later or cash.
ImpactThe A's traded a player that they didn't want anymore, but they'll have to pay Johnson a big chunk of change in arbitration. The good news is that they've got their closer situation settled now with a guy coming off back-to-back 50-save seasons. Johnson is far from dominant, striking out just 6.0 per nine innings for his career, but he should get the job done in Oakland.
A's 'most involved' in talks for Jim Johnson | 12/02/2013 10:03 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics are the team "most involved" in trade talks for Jim Johnson.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactRosenthal reported earlier Monday that the Dodgers were in the mix, but he's now saying they're essentially out of the running. Johnson is slated to make more than $10 million in his final year of arbitration and likely won't cost much in the way of prospects. The 30-year-old has tallied back-to-back 50-save seasons but also blew a league-high nine opportunities. He would take over the ninth inning in Oakland with Grant Balfour expected to depart in free agency.
Dodgers 'in mix' for O's closer Jim Johnson | 12/02/2013 1:42 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are in the mix for Orioles closer Jim Johnson.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactBaltimore is working hard to trade Johnson, who stands to make more than $10 million in 2014 -- his final year of salary arbitration. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 2.94 ERA in 70 1/3 innings this summer while racking up 50 saves. He can become a free agent next winter.
Orioles listening to offers for Jim Johnson | 11/27/2013 8:22 AM
NewsESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Orioles are listening to offers for closer Jim Johnson.
Buster Olney on Twitter
ImpactJohnson is due to make over $10 million in his final year of arbitration -- a big number for a team with so many other holes to fill -- so the Orioles are looking to the trade market. The 30-year-old wasn't nearly as effective this year, but he's coming off back-to-back 50-save seasons.
Johnson allows run but earns 50th save | 09/29/2013 6:20 PM
NewsJim Johnson allowed a run but escaped the ninth inning en route to his 50th save on Sunday against the Red Sox.
ImpactJohnson coughed up three hits but managed to wiggle free and cement Baltimore's 7-6 victory. Another rocky outing was a fitting end to Johnson's campaign; the closer tied Craig Kimbrel for the MLB lead in saves, but also led the league in blown saves with nine. He finishes with a 2.94 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told the media Friday that the club will tender Johnson a contract this winter, which means that Johnson will once again be closing games in 2014.
O's will tender contract to Jim Johnson | 09/27/2013 6:03 PM
NewsOrioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed Friday that the club will tender a contract to closer Jim Johnson for 2014.
ImpactJohnson has earned $6.5 million this season and is expected to get a hefty raise in arbitration this winter, but the Orioles still view him as an important piece, even after blowing a league-leading nine saves this year. "Jim Johnson is one of our core players," said Duquette. The 30-year-old is due to hit free agency after the 2014 season.
Johnson fires shutout inning for 45th save | 09/15/2013 4:14 PM
NewsJim Johnson hurled a scoreless ninth inning en route to his 45th save on Sunday against the Blue Jays.
ImpactJohnson notched a pair of saves in this weekend's series and trails Craig Kimbrel by two for the MLB lead. Kimbrel, of course, has dominated to the tune of a 1.03 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. Johnson, on the other hand, leads the league with nine blown saves and owns a 3.08 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.
Jim Johnson gets handed eighth loss | 09/13/2013 12:18 AM
NewsJim Johnson took his eighth loss after giving up an unearned run in a tie game Thursday against the Orioles.
ImpactIt was Johnson's own error that led to the run, and the run actually scored on a wild pitch. So, yeah, it was pretty dreadful, even if the only hit he gave up was a single. It's the first time he's allowed a run in eight appearances, so it shouldn't necessarily hurt his cause in the closer's role. Still, this one did an awful lot of damage to Baltimore's chances.
Jim Johnson records 41st save | 08/29/2013 10:56 PM
NewsJim Johnson pitched around a leadoff single to record his 41st save Thursday against the Red Sox.
ImpactThat single was just a little bouncer between the mound and first. Johnson grabbed it, expecting to flip to Chris Davis at first, but Davis was off the bag trying to make a play on the ball and no out was recorded. It didn't prove to be a problem; Johnson induced a double-play ball from Johnny Gomes and then struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end the 3-2 game.
Jim Johnson notches 40th save of season | 08/23/2013 11:09 PM
NewsJim Johnson tossed a perfect ninth inning Friday against the Athletics for his 40th save of the season.
ImpactOrioles manager Buck Showalter looked to Tommy Hunter to close out Wednesday's victory over the Rays, but he used Hunter in the eighth inning and Johnson in the ninth on Friday. In a perfect world, he would probably prefer to keep it that way, though he's clearly not afraid to change things up if the situation warrants. Johnson is now the first pitcher in Orioles' history with multiple 40-save seasons.
Showalter open to other options at closer | 08/22/2013 9:24 AM
NewsOrioles manager Buck Showalter isn't ready to completely strip Jim Johnson of ninth-inning duties.
ImpactBut Showalter did tell reporters on Wednesday night that he is prepared to use some of his other options. "We've got 30-something games," said the O's skipper. "We're going to put our best foot forward every night. Jimmy's our best option, one of them. I'm glad we've got more than one good option. We've got a lot of good options and we'll continue to make use of them." Tommy Hunter earned the save on Wednesday.
Showalter won't commit to Johnson as closer | 08/16/2013 4:38 PM
NewsOrioles manager Buck Showalter wouldn't commit to Jim Johnson as his closer prior to Friday's game.
Roch Kubatko on Twitter
Impact"We have a lot of options and he's one of them," said Showalter. Johnson has blown three straight save opportunities, so it wouldn't be surprising if he gets a brief rest from the role at the very least. Tommy Hunter, Francisco Rodriguez and Darren O'Day are among the alternatives.
Jim Johnson blows ninth save | 08/14/2013 8:17 PM
NewsJim Johnson took his second blown save in as many days and ninth overall when he gave up a run in the ninth Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
ImpactA double and a one-out single did the trick today. Johnson has allowed just three runs in the last month, but all three have resulted in blown saves. The Orioles wouldn't seem to have anything to gain by removing him from the closer's role, but if they do go that route, then Tommy Hunter would be the favorite for saves.
Jim Johnson blows MLB-leading 8th save | 08/14/2013 12:45 AM
NewsJim Johnson blew his Major League-leading eighth save Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.
ImpactHe also leads baseball with 39 saves. The right-hander allowed a solo homer to leadoff hitter Paul Goldschmidt in the ninth inning to tie the game. Later, Johnson wriggled out of a precarious jam -- runners on second and third with one out -- to force extra innings. Goldschmidt smacked a walkoff homer two innings later against T.J. McFarland. Johnson has blown saves in consecutive outings, but he entered this evening with a 1.13 ERA over eight appearances since the All-Star break.
Jim Johnson takes blown save against Giants | 08/10/2013 1:26 AM
NewsJim Johnson gave up a run in the ninth versus the Giants to take his seventh blown save on Friday.
ImpactNot only is it Johnson's first blown save in five weeks, but it's also the first run he's given up; he had pitched 10 1/3 scoreless innings since taking a loss and a blown save against the Yankees on July 5.
Johnson tosses scoreless 9th, earns 39th save | 08/07/2013 2:20 AM
NewsJim Johnson tossed a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 39th save on Tuesday against the Padres.
ImpactOutside of one horrific month, Johnson has pitched as well as ever this season. You can't erase his 9.75 ERA in May, but Johnson posted a 2.08 ERA in June and has coughed up just one earned run since the beginning of July. He's first in the American League in saves and currently owns a 3.20 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.
Johnson hurls scoreless 9th, earns save | 07/19/2013 11:20 PM
NewsJim Johnson hurled a scoreless ninth inning en route to his 34th save on Friday against the Rangers.
ImpactJohnson allowed a hit in protecting a two-run lead. He finished a disconcerting first half with seven losses, a 3.71 ERA and six blown saves, so Friday's smooth outing was good to see.
Johnson strikes out 2 during scoreless 9th | 07/14/2013 5:02 PM
NewsJim Johnson struck out two during a scoreless ninth inning en route to his 33rd save on Sunday against the Blue Jays.
ImpactJohnson has converted four straight save chances since blowing a game against the Yankees on July 5. A disappointing first half ends with a 2-7 record, 3.71 ERA and six blown saves, but Johnson's job security isn't in jeopardy. The right-hander leads the American League with 33 saves.
Jim Johnson notches 31st save | 07/11/2013 11:12 PM
NewsJim Johnson surrendered two hits in the ninth Thursday, but he still pitched a scoreless frame against the Rangers for his 31st save.
ImpactJohnson has converted back-to-back save chances since blowing a game against the Yankees last Friday, so his job is beginning to look a bit more secure. It still wouldn't be a very good idea for him to take another blown save before the break.
Jim Johnson blows AL-leading sixth save | 07/05/2013 10:17 PM
NewsJim Johnson blew his AL-leading sixth save and took the loss Friday against the Yankees.
ImpactRough. After entering the bottom of the ninth inning with a one-run lead, Johnson gave up a leadoff single to David Adams and then made a fielding error on a bunt by Brett Gardner. Ichiro Suzuki followed with a sacrifice bunt, which led to Robinson Cano being intentionally walked to load the bases. Johnson then walked Travis Hafner on four pitches to bring home the tying run, which was immediately followed by a walk-off RBI single by Vernon Wells. That's the danger of relying on a pitcher who puts the ball into play. We don't see the Orioles making any immediate changes, as Johnson has been better since the end of May, but it might not be a bad idea to stash Tommy Hunter in deeper formats.
Johnson blows fifth save, takes loss to Tribe | 06/26/2013 11:32 PM
NewsJim Johnson blew his fifth save chance of the season on Wednesday, allowing two runs in 2/3 of an inning against the Indians.
ImpactThe loss dropped him to 2-6, but it was his first blown save since May 26. It snapped a string of 12 consecutive saves, and it was only the second time Johnson had allowed a run in June. His issues probably had something to do with the fact that he was pitching for a third straight day. We're not too concerned with one bad outing at this point.
Johnson strikes out two in non-save situation | 06/25/2013 3:28 AM
NewsJim Johnson struck out two while tossing a scoreless frame in a non-save situation Monday against the Indians.
ImpactOutside of a series of implosions in mid-May, Johnson has been spectacular in 2013. He's allowed only one run since May 26, which has deflated his ERA from 5.25 to 3.72. Expect that earned run average to continue to drop.
Jim Johnson records 17th save | 05/30/2013 10:37 PM
NewsJim Johnson pitched his second perfect inning in as many days to protect a 2-0 lead against the Nationals on Thursday.
ImpactJohnson has shaken off Sunday's dreadful outing by retiring six straight batters, three via the strikeout. He's 17-for-21 saving games this season.
Johnson rebounds to earn save vs. Nationals | 05/29/2013 10:05 PM
NewsJim Johnson worked a perfect ninth inning to record his 16th save of the season against the Nationals on Wednesday.
ImpactIt was his first outing since imploding against the Blue Jays on May 26, so it was nice to see him have a pain-free appearance on Wednesday. Working with a three-run cushion, Johnson struck out two of the three batters he faced to lock down the save. Johnson is better than his recent struggles suggest, and he'll have the chance to prove it in the coming weeks.
Jim Johnson blows another one in loss to Jays | 05/26/2013 5:06 PM
NewsJim Johnson had another meltdown Sunday, coughing up a three-run lead in a loss to the Blue Jays.
ImpactJohnson allowed a double and two singles before finally recording his first out. After a walk and a fielder's choice set the stage with two out and the bases loaded, the light-hitting Munenori Kawasaki lined one into the left-center field gap to plate the final two runs. After converting 35 straight saves dating back to last season, Johnson has now blown four out of his last five chances. Manager Buck Showalter will probably stick with his closer for now, but Johnson owners should pick up Darren O'Day just in case.
Jim Johnson blows third straight save chance | 05/20/2013 11:32 PM
NewsJim Johnson took his third straight blown save after giving up a solo homer to Travis Hafner in the ninth inning Monday.
ImpactThat as many blown saves as Johnson suffered in 54 opportunities last year. He was also 14-for-14 this season before suddenly giving up eight runs and two homers in three appearances. Fortunately, he still has plenty of goodwill built up over the last year and a quarter; his closing gig should be safe.
Johnson blows another save, O's fall to Rays | 05/18/2013 7:53 PM
NewsJim Johnson blew his second consecutive save in epic fashion Saturday as the Orioles fell to the Rays.
ImpactJohnson entered with the O's leading 6-4 and promptly surrendered five earned runs on three hits and two walks. He was among the best closers in baseball last season and started off strong this year, but his past two outings have been very troubling. The Orioles may want to give him a few days of mental rest.
Jim Johnson blows first save, O's lose to SD | 05/14/2013 10:12 PM
NewsJim Johnson blew his first save of the season Tuesday night in the Orioles' late loss to the Padres.
ImpactIt snapped a franchise-record 35-game save streak. Johnson allowed four hits and two earned runs, coughing up Baltimore's 2-1 ninth-inning lead. The right-hander still has a stellar 1.80 ERA and 1.05 WHIP on the season and should be able to bounce back next time out.
Jim Johnson earns 11th save of the season | 05/04/2013 8:03 PM
NewsJim Johnson earned his 11th save of the season Saturday as the Orioles beat the Angels in extra innings.
ImpactJohnson retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the 10th inning. The 29-year-old right-hander has an incredible 1.13 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 14/4 K/BB ratio over 16 innings this season. He is a top fantasy closer.
Jim Johnson takes loss in 11th | 04/24/2013 4:13 PM
NewsJim Johnson took a loss after allowing a run in the 11th Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
ImpactIt was Johnson's second loss this season, topping his total from 71 appearances last year, but also just the first earned run he's allowed. He should thank Brian Matusz, who stranded the bases loaded after taking over in the 11th. Johnson has worked three straight days, so the Orioles will likely give him Friday off. Pedro Strop might get a save chance in his place.
Jim Johnson nails down eighth save, O's win | 04/23/2013 10:08 PM
NewsJim Johnson recorded his eighth save of the season Tuesday as the Orioles defeated the Blue Jays 4-3.
ImpactJohnson allowed a two-out single to Maicer Izturis but escaped without further harm, striking out J.P. Arencibia to end the game. Johnson still hasn't allowed an earned run this season, and he's struck out a batter per inning so far. He once again is proving to be one of the best closers in baseball.
Jim Johnson earns sixth save, O's top Rays | 04/16/2013 11:20 PM
NewsJim Johnson saved his sixth game of the year Tuesday, securing a 5-4 victory for the Orioles over the Rays.
ImpactJohnson hasn't allowed an earned run yet and has converted all six of his save opportunities to this point. He doesn't strike out a ton of batters, but his heavy sinker continues to get the job done. After saving 51 games last season, Johnson is proving to be an incredibly reliable late-inning option.
Jim Johnson picks up fifth save | 04/13/2013 7:11 PM
NewsJim Johnson earned his fifth save of the season on Saturday as the Orioles topped the Yankees 5-3.
ImpactJohnson owns a 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 6/2 K/BB ratio in six innings this season. The O's might not win as many games as they did in 2012, but the 29-year-old closer should remain a solid fantasy option throughout 2013.
Jim Johnson records save | 04/04/2013 7:06 PM
NewsJim Johnson notched his second save of the season Thursday with a scoreless inning against the Rays.
ImpactJohnson actually wasn't too sharp, as he walked a batter and allowed an inherited runner to score. He also benefited from a questionable call by the umpiring crew, as Evan Longoria was called out for passing Ben Zobrist on the basepaths. Still, the Orioles closer is off to a good start with a pair of saves in the first series of the season.
Jim Johnson gives up three runs in inning | 03/23/2013 5:10 PM
NewsJim Johnson gave up three runs and four hits in his inning against the Phillies on Saturday.
ImpactJohnson has pitched four scoreless innings this spring, so we won't hold one bad day against him. Oddly enough, he actually struck out the side in his inning today. Last year, he became one of the very rare closers to finish with more saves (51) than strikeouts (41).
O's, Jim Johnson avoid arb. with 1-yr deal | 02/08/2013 8:33 PM
NewsOrioles and RHP Jim Johnson avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year contract.
Dan Connolly on Twitter
ImpactNo word yet on the terms involved, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun hears that it's between $6.4-$6.6 million, which would be around the midpoint of arbitration figures exchanged last month. The 29-year-old was arbitration-eligible for the third time this winter and is cashing in big after saving 51 games in 2012.
Jim Johnson files for $7.1M in arbitration | 01/18/2013 7:51 PM
NewsJim Johnson requested $7.1 million and was offered $5.7 million from the Orioles when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.
Jon Heyman on Twitter
ImpactJohnson made just $2.625 million last season, but he's poised to get a big raise after posting a 2.49 ERA while leading the majors with 51 saves. The 29-year-old right-hander was a Super Two player, so while this is his third year of arbitration, he reamins under team control through 2014.
|Date||Team||Opp||GS||DEC||YTD W||YTD L||YTD SV||YTD ERA||CG||SHO||IP||H||R||ER||HR||BB||K||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2013 Game Highs
|Most Innings Pitched (Relief)||1.0||67 times-last:vs. Bos||last:Sep 29||2.0|
|Most Strikeouts (Relief)||2||12 times-last:vs. Tor||last:Sep 24||3|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Innings Pitched||91||2011 (Bal)|
|Games Started||1||2006 (Bal)|
|Hits Allowed||80||2011 (Bal)|
|Runs Allowed||32||2009 (Bal)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||32||2009 (Bal)|
|Home Runs Allowed||8||2009 (Bal)|
|Earned Run Average||2.23*||2008 (Bal)|