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The A’s almost traded Jim Johnson to the Marlins last week

Jun 4, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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Worth remembering the next time you hear Bob Melvin saying how much confidence he has in Jim Johnson. From Ken Rosenthal:

The Marlins, before acquiring right-hander Bryan Morris from the Pirates on Sunday, made the Athletics a trade offer for righty Jim Johnson, according to major-league sources.

The Athletics were willing to make the deal – Johnson and cash for the No. 39 pick and another player – but the Marlins instead used the pick to land Morris, sources said.

They were willing to send a decent amount of cash to Miami in the deal as well.

The Marlins were apparently the ones who started the conversation so it’s not like the A’s were actively shopping Johnson. But it sounds like they would’ve shipped him off if Miami followed through.

  1. clydeserra - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:01 PM


  2. 18thstreet - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    The manager of the A’s (say, Art Howe) can have different faith in a player (say, Carlos Pena) than the GM (say, Brad Pitt).

    It’s happened before. They made a movie about it. The name of that movie was, “The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down.”

    • scatterbrian - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:52 PM


      • 18thstreet - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:03 PM


        It was a joke about Moneyball, and I closed with a random Simpsons joke.

      • scatterbrian - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        Dammit. I remember that now.

    • Anthony Tshering - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      I was with you 18th Street. “I saw this in a movie about a bus that had to speed around the city, keeping its speed over fifty, and if its speed dropped, the bus would explode!”

    • carpi2 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      Don’t worry man, I was following you

  3. tablescrappy - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Wish this story hadn’t gotten out. Hurts to think the A’s could be both out from under the JJ debacle and one draft pick richer. Damn.

  4. wogggs - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    That would have been so awesome. Whatever his merits, I don’t see Jim Johnson as ever working out in Oakland. He is basically unpitchable right now in games that are not blowout losses, which creates a substantial hole in the bullpen. Maybe they should just DFA him.

  5. jazynaz - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:59 AM

    too bad they didn’t! please keep trying…he’s just not an oakland A’s type of guy either! besides, the As already have a great closer! go A’s!

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