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A’s release Jim Johnson, eat $10 million salary

Aug 1, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT

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Oakland has released right-hander Jim Johnson after designated him for assignment last week, meaning the A’s are on the hook for his entire $10 million salary.

It’s no surprise that none of the other 29 teams claimed Johnson and his contract off waivers, but there was seemingly a chance that the A’s could find a taker for the one-time closer if they agreed to eat most of the money.

Instead now he’s a free agent and able to sign with any team for whatever he can get, so expect some interest in Johnson as a buy-low candidate. He saved 50-plus games in each of the previous two seasons, leading the league both years, but this season Johnson posted a 6.92 ERA in 38 appearances for the A’s while almost immediately being stripped of closing duties.

  1. recoveringcubsfan - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Just ignore the other 99% of what Beane’s done: this PROVES Moneyball is a liberal fabrication and Billy Beane is a dolt! 10 minion dollars is like, what, half of Oakland’s budget?? Ruben Amaro could have made this work, at only 14 times the price!

    • recoveringcubsfan - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      And yeah, I mean “10 minion dollars.” Teh gays is evil.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        Minion dollars is what the 1 percent pay the serfs who work for them.

    • Jeremy T - Aug 1, 2014 at 2:59 PM
      • Jeremy T - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        Apparently posting images isn’t allowed in comments (which, upon further reflection, is probably for the best). So, I’ll have to use my words. This is quite possibly the most mind-bogglingly stupid thing I’ve read this week. I’m fully aware that I shouldn’t feed the trolls and you’re almost definitely not being serious, but this is stupid to the point where I’m almost impressed.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:31 AM

        You know I usually skip whomever has the most negative thumbs, as I am sure it will not add much to the conversation.

        I am glad that I looked at your second post.Great Hustle my friend.

    • sabatimus - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      I think you need more recovery.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        1. We admitted we were powerless over being Cubs fans—that our lives had become unmanageable.

        2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

        3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of a goat who accursed our team, including practicing various sacrifices, hex removals, etc.

        4. Made a searching and fearless inventory of the suckitude of our roster, the Lou Brock trade and Bartman.

        5. Admitted to to Pan the goat-god, to ourselves, and to another Cubs fan the exact nature of our team’s suckitude and our failure as fans to believe deeply and strongly enough and not ask Oprah to secretly bless us.

        6. Were entirely ready to have Pan and Oprah remove all these defects of character.

        7. Humbly asked Pan and Oprah to remove our shortcomings, and to build us a massive new Jumbotron while they were at it.

        8. Made a list of all persons we had annoyed by our martyrdom and other events; wrote each Cardinal fans’ name down twice.

        9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Our amends included wearing Cardinal red whenever possible.

        10. Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly bought tickets to Busch Stadium.
        11. Sought through invocation of Pan and Oprah, and if not, invocation of Lou, Gibby and Ozzie, to improve our conscious contact with pennant-winning baseball as we understood it.

        12. Having had a baseball awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to fellow Cubs fans, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

      • lanflfan - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        Maybe he was a step skipper.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        So, in that terminology, does a Cubs “13th stepper” have sex with Pan the goat god?

    • scatterbrian - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      No, you should still pay attention. Particularly, see Sean Doolittle’s recent extension for 5 years/$10.5M. By avoiding arbitration, the A’s closer over the next 4+ seasons will cost about as much as what Proven Closer Jim Johnson is making in his final arbitration year.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        except you don’t KNOW that he’ll be your closer for the next 4 yrs.

        not just johnson, but other closers too lately have lost it after having pitched well for a few yrs.

        that bard guy in Boston too.

        this kid could close great for two yrs, like 50 plus saves each season and then BAM, be DDDDDONE

        what’s in the closer’s water bottles anyway to make this happen?

    • mmeyer3387 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      Billy Beane isn’t the first and will not be the last good GM that didn’t hit a home run with every free agent that he signed. Most people fail to realize how good Beane has been. Any GM that’s been around as long as Beane; has made several misjudgments on trades and free agent signings. Also he is forced to draft and scout at a high level. Many in his field fail, which is why GM’s seem to get fired all the time. This makes Beane’s margin of era very low. Furthermore, the A’s , unlike most other teams don’t have a big pay roll that allows them to spend their way out of mistakes. Accordingly, this is just one of chief reasons that causes me to believe that Beane one of the best of his era. Running a team and keeping your team in playoff contention along with being forced to constantly replacing your best players through trades because of a low team pay roll is an exceptional feet. I would think that any well informed fan would that Beane has done very well with a small pay roll, so a person can an argument that he is clearly one of the best. Billy Beane is always welcome to be the GM of my favorite team.

  2. sabatimus - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Something the Sox should’ve done with Stephen Drew a long time ago. Or better yet not signed him at all.

    • Jeremy T - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Instead, they got Kelly Johnson out of it, and they don’t have to pay Drew’s salary. I’m still in wait-and-see mode on Drew, but if you really think that he’s the same as Jim Johnson, then the Red Sox got a great deal.

      • pftfan - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        So we’re praising the Sox for not having to pay the remaining 3 months of Stephen Drew’s one year contract that they signed him to 8 weeks ago? Is this what it has come to?

        OMG and they got Kelly Johnson too!

      • sabatimus - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:42 PM

        Actually, there are “cash considerations” going to the Yankees in that deal. Don’t know what they are, but still..

  3. boogerhill - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    DON’T even think about it, Orioles!

  4. tcostant - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    To be fair it’s less than half that, since he has been paid as an employee ’til now and the remaining money is what is lost.

  5. SocraticGadfly - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Next step? Johnson and Uggla shake hands while crossing the Bay Bridge toward their new teams!

    • scatterbrian - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Neither team needs either of those guys.

  6. weaselpuppy - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Bizarro world move; Tigers sign dumpster fire closer and he gets better….

    Welcome to the D JJ!

  7. kcroyal - Aug 1, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Bean just cut loose an 8th of the payroll and still has the best team in baseball.

  8. moagecu - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Remember when the Orioles were dumb for trading him?

  9. vincentbojackson - Aug 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    10 million dollars down the toilet. The good news for Oakland fans is the toilets at the Coliseum drain directly into the seating areas so they have a decent chance of recovering most of it.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:37 AM

      That is funny.

    • jwbiii - Aug 2, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      I’ve been waiting for a thread that had O.co plumbing and Sean Doolittle. . .

      RT "@NameAnagrams: "Sean Doolittle" is an anagram of "A's Olden Toilet." @whatwouldDOOdo" THANK YOU! I was tired of using Lonliest Toad.— Sean Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) June 24, 2014

  10. albionhero - Aug 2, 2014 at 3:54 AM

    Already all kinds of rumblings that the O’s are gonna bring him back.

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