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Pierce Johnson, Braves Agree to 2-Year, $14M Contract; RP Traded from Rockies in July.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 12:  Pierce Johnson #38 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning in Game Four of the Division Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 12, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kevin D. Liles/Atlanta Braves/Getty Images)

After acquiring reliever Pierce Johnson from the Colorado Rockies in July, the Atlanta Braves didn’t want his time with the team to end just yet.

The Braves announced on Wednesday that they’ve re-signed Johnson to a new two-year contract worth $14.25 million guaranteed with a $7 million club option for 2026 and a $250,000 buyout.

Pierce Johnson - Atlanta Braves Relief Pitcher - ESPN

Johnson struggled while starting the season in Colorado. In 43 games for the Rockies, he had a 6.00 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP. However, something flipped when he arrived in Atlanta.

In 24 appearances with the Braves, Johnson had a 0.76 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP with 32 strikeouts in 23.2 innings pitched. His ERA ranked sixth in all of MLB among pitchers to make at least 20 appearances after he was acquired by Atlanta on July 24.

Johnson remained steady in the postseason, making three appearances in the NLDS and allowing just two hits with no runs. However, the Braves disappointingly lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in four games after finishing with the best record in the majors at 104-58.

A 6’2″, 202-pound righty, Johnson made his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs in 2017. He joined the San Francisco Giants the following year before spending three seasons with the San Diego Padres from 2020 to 2022. He has a career record of 12-15 with a 4.04 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP and 253 strikeouts in 200.1 innings pitched.

Pierce Johnson Has Changed for the Better Since Joining the Braves - Sports  Illustrated

The Braves will have to regroup from their disappointing finish and gear up to chase another World Series title in 2024. Retaining Johnson is an early step in the right direction for Atlanta.

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