ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves today signed RHP Pierce Johnson to a two-year contract worth $14.25 million guaranteed, with a $7 million club option for 2026 that includes a $250,000 buyout. Johnson will make $7 million in each of the 2024 and 2025 seasons and has agreed to donate 1% of his salary to the Atlanta Braves Foundation.
Johnson, 32, pitched to a 0.76 ERA (2 ER/23.2 IP) across 24 games with Atlanta in 2023 after he was acquired from Colorado on July 24. Among MLB pitchers with at least 20 appearances after that date, Johnson’s ERA ranked sixth. During his six-season MLB career, he has averaged 11.4 strikeouts-per-9.0 innings pitched.
The 6-foot-2, 202-pound native of Denver, Colo., made three scoreless appearances during the 2023 NLDS, entering each game in the seventh inning-or-later. In 11 career postseason games, Johnson owns a 1.64 ERA (2 ER/11.0 IP) with 17 strikeouts.
Originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first compensation round (43rd overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Missouri State University, Johnson made his major league debut with the club in 2017. He owns a 12-15 record and a 4.04 ERA (90 ER/200.1 IP) across 207 career games with the Cubs, Giants (2018), Padres (2020-’22), Rockies (2023) and Braves.