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BREAKING: Angels will see your Yusmeiro Petit and raise you one Jim Johnson - Justin Kelly will head to the Braves

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Why have Petit for 2 years and 10 million when you can get Johnson for one year at 5 million?

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Not long after we saw Yusmeiro Petit sail away to the Oakland Athletics, Billy Eppler made a move for another reliever.

This trade - yes a trade - sent LHP Justin Kelly to the Braves in return for 34-year-old Jim Johnson and a yet to be announced amount of International Bonus pool money (here we go Ohtani!!!) Also - the Braves still have International Bonus pool money?? UPDATE: The Angels will get $1.21 million in bonus pool money, bumping up their total money to lure Shohei Ohtani to $1.315 million.

Jim Johnson is a 1-time All Star who notched back to back 50 save seasons in 2012 and 2013. However, last season Johnson lost his closer job and blew 9 saves in 31 attempts. His ERA bloated to 5.56 though he did still hold a respectable 4.22 FIP. Also bloated was his 1.48 WHIP. It was a down year for Johnson pretty much all around, but he did maintain a near 10K/9 rate so his ability to generate swing and misses is still there.

Johnson throws a fourseam, sinker, changeup, and curve and averages around 93-94 MPH on his power pitches. Not bad for an “old” dude. Johnson has a career ERA sitting at 3.62 with a 1.319 WHIP and 154 saves.

Johnson’s ERA/FIP the past 4 seasons:

2017: 5.56/4.22
2016: 3.06/2.71
2015: 4.46/3.73

Justin Kelly was a 33rd round pick in the 2016 draft. In his two minor league seasons he has a 4.59 ERA, 1.540 WHIP and 90 Ks in 100 innings.

The price tag on Johnson is a bit steep given his recent performance. It also seems odd to let a guy walk (Petit) for the same price who HAS proved himself lately. I guess we need to trust the process and the bigger picture here. Essentially, the Angels got Johnson for nothing since Kelly wasn’t even a rated propsect AND they got the Brave to kick in bonus pool money (250K+).

Who knows, perhaps Johnson will be this year’s Petit or Parker.

Justin Kelly, we hardly knew you!