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Marlins interested in Jim Johnson (again)

Jul 23, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Last month Ken Rosenthal of reported that the Marlins almost traded for A’s reliever Jim Johnson before instead swinging a deal for Pirates reliever Bryan Morris. But apparently Miami is still interested in Johnson.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald writes that the A’s have talked to the Marlins about trading Johnson and potentially getting back minor leaguer Adam Conley, a 2011 second-round draft pick with a 6.00 ERA at Triple-A.

Oakland’s move to acquire Johnson and his $10 million salary from Baltimore never made a ton of sense this offseason and it’s worked out much worse than expected, as he almost immediately lost the closer gig and has a 6.25 ERA with 23 walks in 40 innings.

He saved 50-plus games in both 2012 and 2013, so as bad as Johnson has looked this season he’s a reasonable enough buy-low bounceback target for the Marlins and perhaps a league switch could help him out with two months remaining until free agency.

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  1. gargamelsmentor - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    For all the grief the Orioles got, they actually got it right in trading JJ and NOT signing Balfour.

    • vapor54 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      garg – yes & no. O’s got Weeks , who’s in the minors

      • baroquen131 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Or consider, the $10 mil that they would have paid JJ was used to pay Cruz.

    • boogerhill - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Amen, but don’t bring him back to the O’s!

    • clydeserra - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      they were right to not sign balfour, they were wrong for the way they did it.

      You don’t want to sign someone, fine, don’t. But agreeing to terms (pending physical) then bailing for a bogus reason is not the way to run a railroad

  2. rmalmstrom - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Is this really the best way to put those old Josh Johnson jerseys to use? Good old Marlins.

  3. hookersdontsnuggle - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Please make this happen! PLEEEEASE GET HIM OFF THE A’S ROSTER!

    • APBA Guy - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      Exactly my thoughts, please make this happen :)

  4. rawdog2013 - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Take him! We’ll package Barton too!

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