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RHP Jim Johnson returning to Braves for $2.5M, 1-year deal

December 1, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) — Reliever Jim Johnson is returning to the Atlanta Braves, agreeing to a $2.5 million, one-year contract.

The Braves announced the deal Monday, bolstering a bullpen that didn’t have anyone with double-figure saves last season.

Johnson saved nine games for the Braves before he was dealt to the Dodgers at the trade deadline. After posting a 2.25 ERA in 49 games with Atlanta, the right-hander was 0-3 with a 10.13 ERA in 23 games with the Dodgers.

Johnson could have a shot at being the Braves’ closer or serving as a setup reliever for Arodys Vizcaino, who had nine saves and a 1.60 ERA in 36 games after taking over the role.

Johnson’s can earn $350,000 in performance bonuses based on games pitched: $70,000 each for 40 and each additional five through 60. He also can make $900,000 based on games finished: $75,000 each for 25, 30, 35 and 40; and $150,000 apiece for 45, 50, 55 and 60.

He earned $1.85 million this year, including $250,000 in bonuses based on games.

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