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Tigers, not Orioles, sign A’s castoff Jim Johnson

Aug 5, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

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Jim Johnson worked out for the Orioles after being released by the A’s and most people assumed he was ready for a reunion in Baltimore, but not so fast says Ken Rosenthal of

Johnson has signed a minor-league deal with the Tigers, where he joins Joe Nathan, Joakim Soria, and Joba Chamberlain in a bullpen that’s been overhauled since last year.

Johnson was a mess in Oakland, posting a 7.14 ERA in 38 appearances, but he saved 101 games as the Orioles’ closer in 2012-2013 and came into this season with a lifetime 3.11 ERA in 360 games.

As a $10 million closer he was a disaster for the A’s. As a minimum-salaried middle reliever he might prove useful for the Tigers. And maybe he’ll get a chance to face the A’s in the playoffs.

  1. clydeserra - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    if he was useful, the A’s would have kept him. He was a train wreck. its not the money, its the location.

    Good luck to him, but I can’t see this helping the tigers

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Just what the tigers need: a Jose Valverde (circa 2013) replacement.

    • tuberippin - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:18 AM

      Like the article states, it’s part of an “overhaul” of the Tigers bullpen. Whether that overhaul is an improvement or not is another query.

  3. tcostant - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Maybe a change of leagues would have been better for him…

  4. metrocritical - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Nominal, risk free investment. DD is using all possible resources to find the right combo for 2014. No complaints here.

    • boogerhill - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      You mean FGS, Fred G. Sanford, junk collector!

  5. Detroit Michael - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Maybe Johnson will get a chance to face the Orioles in the playoffs too. They also are leading a division currently.

    • boogerhill - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      He’ll fit right in with Phil “Gas can” Coke and BPP old man Nathan!

  6. boogerhill - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    It’s NOT the Orioles, Thanks be to God, Hallelujah!

  7. dunnd4d4 - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Jim Johnson had one of the best sinkers in baseball. My guess is he lost his sink. When he finds it again he will be effective again.

  8. sophiethegreatdane - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    I wouldn’t trust JJ in any high-leverage situation. He could undue all the good that might be done by the acquisition of Price.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:54 PM


      And eddit funk shun wood bee nise.

  9. historiophiliac - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    It’s only a flesh wound!

  10. joerymi - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    No risk, but unlikely to make their playoff roster.

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