Veteran Jim Johnson returning to Braves’ bullpen on one-year deal

Jim Johnson is entering his 11th season in the majors.

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A familiar name is returning to Atlanta to help with the Braves’ relief corps.

Veteran reliever Jim Johnson, who appeared in 49 games for Atlanta last season, signed a one-year deal with the Braves, the team announced on Monday. The deal is worth $2.5 million, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.

Johnson was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers last season as part of a three-team, 12-player trade deadline deal that brought Hector Olivera, young pitching and a draft pick back to Atlanta.

Though the 32-year-old right-hander struggled before getting released by the Dodgers, he pitched well as the Braves’ setup man and closer last season, posting 2.25 ERA in 48 innings. Johnson also saved nine games, most coming after teammate Jason Grilli suffered a season-ending Achilles injury before the All-Star break.

Johnson adds to the growing number of options for the franchise’s 2016 bullpen, which general manager John Coppolella labeled as his biggest concern at his introductory news conference. 

Johnson joins catcher A.J. Pierzynski and veteran arm Bud Norris as the team’s major free-agent pickups to date this offseason.