The Los Angeles Angels have acquired veteran pitcher Jim Johnson and $1.21 million in international spending money from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for minor league pitcher Justin Kelly, per a press release posted on twitter by the Braves.
Johnson, 34, will help bulk up the Angels' bullpen as they look to be contenders next season. Johnson has played the closer role in the past, and will likely be a late-inning reliever for the Halos. The righty has shown that he has a consistent fastball, which hits 93-95 mph on the radar gun.
Johnson had a tough year in his first season of a two-year, $10 million deal. He struggled with a 5.56 ERA in 61 relief appearances. Since joining the Braves in 2015, the veteran had a 3.67 ERA and 51 saves in 175 games. Johnson has not been able to pitch like his glory days with the Baltimore Orioles, when he was the American League saves leader twice.
In exchange for Johnson, the Braves will receive 2016 first-rounder, Justin Kelly. Kelly, 24, pitched in five levels within the Angels' organization last season. In 63 2/3 innings, Kelly had a 6-4 record with a 3.53 ERA, in 25 games.
The Angels will likely use the international spending money they will receive to pursue Japenese pitcher-outfielder Shohei Ohtani.