Braves sign veteran Jim Johnson

After trading away Gold Glove winning shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Anaheim Angels the Atlanta Braves made a move to bring in veteran Jim Johnson to add to their already veteran roster; the one-year deal is worth $2.5 million.
The Braves previously had Johnson on their roster before they dealt him to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a move that brought in, amount others, their current left fielder Hector Olivera. The 32-year old was originally signed by the Braves as a cost effective solution for a bullpen that had seen better days in Georgia and he had a commendable effort posting a 2.25 ERA before heading over to “La, La, Land” and finishing the season with a 4.46 ERA. His ERA didn’t completely tell the story however because he also finished the season with a 3.73 FIP. Johnson had a bounce-back year comparatively to the season prior when he had a 5.91 BB/9; last season he had a 2.70 BB/9 however his K/9 dropped by .37.
The Braves’ odd transition from a one-time contender for the NL East crown to mediocre ball club has been evident in a offseason that saw them acquire the dependable 31-year old Erick Aybar, who had a .301 OBP last season. In the last year Georgia’s sole team has lost the aforementioned Simmons, Jason Heyward and Craig Kimbrel. The Braves had the league’s second-worst bullpen last season with a 4.96 ERA.
The 6’6 reliever will be a complementary piece to his new team’s bullpen as Braves beat writer Mark Bowman noted on Twitter, Atlanta will still be looking for a “setup man and another lefty reliever” to their ‘pen. Last season the Braves finished with a 67-95 record, only four wins better than the Philadelphia Phillies in a horrible NL East division.


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