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Orioles showing interest in bringing back reliever Jim Johnson

Aug 2, 2014, 5:35 PM EDT

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MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles are showing “definite interest” in a reunion with current free agent reliever Jim Johnson. Kubatko says it would be a surprise if the Orioles don’t get a deal done with the right-hander.

Johnson was acquired by the Athletics in a trade with the Orioles last December. His time in Oakland did not go well, as he was given a $10 million salary to avoid arbitration but posted a 7.14 ERA with a 28/23 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings.

As the Orioles’ closer¬†in 2012 and ’13, Johnson led the league in saves with 51 and 50, respectively.

  1. andreweac - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    The deal never made sense from Oakland’s perspective. Don’t pay for saves. Pay for skills. Johnson’s skills were diminishing.

  2. sumerduckman - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Don’t do it O’s! I have a hard time believin’ that a plate of steamed crabs and a Natty Boh are going to solve his problems.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 2, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      ….but I wouldn’t bet against that either.

    • DJ MC - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      I’m guessing some time in Norfolk might help.

  3. sabatimus - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Wow, why?

  4. simjef - Aug 2, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Sign him to a minor league contract and let him earn his way on to the malor league roster.

  5. 18thstreet - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Duquette signs available talent, hopes for the best. More at all.

  6. jazynaz - Aug 2, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    amazing…and he’ll probably do well for them, after the horrendous pitching/blown saves/losses he dumped on oakland, outing after outing after outing!

  7. scoobies05 - Aug 2, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    makes sense. we play Oakland next week. he knows how to make Oakland lose

  8. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 2, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    This is Dan “Sign all to a minor league contract” Duquette. No harm signing him to a minor league contract and keeping him around in case he turns it around. If not cut him.

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