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Reunion time? Orioles hold workout with Jim Johnson

Aug 4, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Jim Johnson and the Oriole might be headed for a reunion.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Johnson is scheduled to work out for the Orioles and minor league pitching rehab coordinator Scott McGregor today at their spring training complex in Florida.

Johnson saved 51 games in 2012 and 50 games in 2013 as the Orioles’ closer, leading the league both seasons, but Baltimore dumped him (and his $10 million salary) on Oakland during the offseason. He posted a 7.14 ERA for the A’s, losing the closer job almost immediately, and was released last week.

If the Orioles like what they see presumably they’d sign Johnson to a minor-league deal and potentially call him up for a middle relief gig down the stretch. Oakland is on the hook for his entire salary.

  1. lenbias34pt - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    I am a very happy O’s fan…….
    Love to see him as a 7th or 8th inning guy, but if he has lost “it” than we lose nada.

    • clydeserra - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      except a game or two.

      If the A’s never got Jim Johnson, they would have at least one more win. Which is a big deal right now.

      • lenbias34pt - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        I think that is why they are going to try him out and aren’t using him today.

        Perhaps the pressure of 10 Million dollars and closing got to him.
        Obviously with that off his shoulders and not closing he very well could be a different pitcher.

  2. clydeserra - Aug 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    nothing wrong with his velocity, its location. I don’t know what they are going to see in a work out. but by all means, sign him save the A’s $40,000.

    You are not going to like the results.

  3. sophiethegreatdane - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    I wouldn’t trust this guy in any situation that matters.
    And I was a big JJ fan at one point.

    • nvl004 - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      would u trust him over evan meek or ryan webb?

      • lenbias34pt - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        t h a n k
        y o u

        We have a lot of angry A’s fans….which i understand, but i’d like to think any clear thinking baseball fan can see why the O’s will sign him and see what he can do in a different role without nearly as much pressure.

      • nvl004 - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        To me, if one of our starters has a short outing. And Johnson can come in during the fifth inning, pitch an inning and a third and get us to the 7th where you have Miller, O’Day and Britton, then you bring him up when they expand the rosters.

        If he gets lit up at Norfolk, you never bring him up to the bigs.

      • mmeyer3387 - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        Why not kick the tires and take it for a spin? It only cost very little, sometimes you will find a treasure from another teams cast off’s By the way, this won’t be the first time that a team recieves value from other teams rejections. All have a long history of this happening. But again, the risk are very minimal.

  4. DJ MC - Aug 4, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    A month in Norfolk will serve him well. If not, nothing lost.

    Now, all the Orioles need to do is bring up Weeks to play second the rest of the way and someone will truly be able to say they got one over on Billy Beane.

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