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UPDATE: Jim Johnson signs with unidentified team?

Aug 4, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun hears that Johnson hasn’t signed with a team and is still in the process of making a decision.

7:35 p.m. ET: According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, free agent reliever Jim Johnson has signed with an unidentified team. Yes, we have a mystery team on our hands, folks. The only thing we know right now is that it’s not the Orioles, so apparently they weren’t too impressed by his workout earlier today in Florida.

Johnson was released by the Athletics last week after he posted an awful 7.14 ERA with 28 strikeouts and 23 walks over 40 1/3 innings. Oakland is responsible for the remainder of his $10 million salary for this season, so he would only cost a prorated portion of the major league minimum with his new team.

  1. scottaxelrod579 - Aug 4, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Or could it be that Johnson preferred to sign with the mystery team?

    • baroquen131 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      I think the O’s were only going to give a minor league deal. I suspect, if he signed elsewhere, it’s a major league deal.

    • boogerhill - Aug 4, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      I hope and pray it’s not the Orioles!

  2. general74 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    This feels like a Cubs move buy low for the rest of this year and next year, hope for a rebound and sell high next year.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      Nothing to sell high on, Johnson is a free agent at the end of the year.

  3. Eutaw's Finest - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Please be the Yanks or Jays…

  4. clydeserra - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    What does [mystery team] have against winning?

  5. phillyphan93 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Is this like the tree falling in the forest question?

  6. pappageorgio - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:41 PM


    • pappageorgio - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM

      Damn fat fingers……I was going to say: Tigers are just crazy/desperate enough to pick up a vet to see if he can put anything together.

  7. 1950oscarstreet - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:42 PM


  8. rbj1 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Are Shaggy and Scooby-Doo also on the team?

  9. general74 - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Kevin S that is why I said in my post to sign him for the rest of this year and next year.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Why would he agree to a deal that takes him into next season?

  10. renaado - Aug 4, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Whenever I heard the saying “unidentified team”… International Baseball always pops up in my mind.

    Still, the LG Twins won’t be signin him anyways.

    • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      What in the hell is the “LG Twins”? I don’t see any MLB team with that kind of name. Heck, even here in Japan! Even in the Independent leagues and Industrial leagues, absolutely NONE.

      • JB (the original) - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        “Lowly Gutter” Twins?

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        Damm fine name, sir.

      • renaado - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        The LG Twins is a professional Baseball team in Seoul, South Korea.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        They are in the Korean Professional Baseball League and are based in Seoul South Korea

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        Oh, that country… It’s hard to believe kimchi’s plays Baseball nowadays. They suck at sports.

    • JB (the original) - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:29 AM

      Hey, would that be “LG” as in the old “Goldstar” brand?

  11. xjokerz - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    Tigers obviously, Domrowski playing mind games with the A’s.

    • largebill - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      You nailed it. Tigers signed him. Detroit is becoming a retirement community for wayward closers.

  12. huddlma - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    He’s pooped the bed ever since the power went out right before Frank Underwood was to throw out the first pitch that night…

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