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Orioles acquire Kelly Johnson from the Red Sox

Aug 30, 2014, 10:46 PM EDT

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The Orioles announced on Twitter that the club has acquired infielder Kelly Johnson and minor league infielder Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox in exchange for minor league infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus. It’s been a busy evening for the O’s, as they acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the White Sox earlier.

The O’s have an eight-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East, but will be without third baseman Manny Machado throughout September and the post-season, assuming they get there.

Johnson has had a miserable season, slashing .212/.290/.354 combined between his time with the Yankees and Red Sox. He tallied six home runs and 23 RBI as well in 252 plate appearances. Now an Oriole, Johnson will have donned the uniform of all five AL East teams. He was with the Rays last season, the Jays in the latter half of 2011 and all of 2012.

  1. insley29 - Aug 30, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    I guess you gotta give them some credit for trying but my god are they bargain basement shoppers. Would have liked to see them go a little bigger at the deadline.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 31, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      Duquette loves churning through players. If he can’t have the best one, he;d rather have 10 pretty bad options and hope to strike gold with one of them.

  2. Eutaw's Finest - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Veteran presence and he’ll be backing up whoever starts at 3B (Davis or Paredes who had himself a game tonight). Gave up 2 players who haven’t played a single game for the O’s this year and add Almanzar to the organization as well. Helps the bench on the current roster but didn’t have to give up anything essentially. I like it much more than trying to acquire a big name to start and giving up a ton. It’s a sellers market. Buyer beware.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      An OK move I guess, as long as he does not actually have to play and remains firmly on the bench.

    • argofckyourself - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      Kelly Johnson and Jimmy Paredas as your platoon third base scenario? Lol. Looks like another first round exit for Buck, who is for some reason the most respected manager who has never won a single thing.

      • 18thstreet - Aug 31, 2014 at 8:54 AM

        Bob Brenly won a World Series. He must be the best manager ever!

      • Eutaw's Finest - Sep 2, 2014 at 8:23 AM

        FWIW, Paredes as an Oriole is hitting around .500 right now. Had some serious bonehead plays yesterday, but as I’ve said, 1 player doesn’t change the path of this team. 2nd best record in MLB and they’ve done so with Caleb Joseph and Hundley replacing Wieters for the entire season, and without Manny at third for the first 2 months, then hit terribly through June, and just came around in July. They are one of only 3 teams in the AL with a team ERA under 3 for back to back months this season. They will be just fine.

  3. serbingood - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    He’s either very loved and in demand, or wears out his welcome in record time. The jury is almost out on this burning question.

  4. ripwarrior - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    WHY ARE THEY F’ing their chemistry up????!

    • joeflaccosunibrow - Aug 31, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      I question these last 2 moves before the September cut off. I just hope the chemistry doesn’t get fractured.

    • syphermce - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:36 AM

      They traded for a bench player and a starting third basemen. Johnson will be a HUGE upgrade over Davis at third base. Maybe not offensively an upgrade but the Orioles lineup is good enough that they can get away with someone like Johnson in the lineup.

  5. pisano - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:21 AM

    Aside from his horrible batting average, you can’t even put this guy in for defensive purposes, for the short time he was with the Yankees, if I’m not mistaken he had made 10 errors. I can’t believe the Orioles don’t have someone better in the minors, this is scraping the bottom of the barrel at its worst.

  6. beachnbaseball - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    He’s “having a miserable season” so now he’s bringing it to Baltimore? Duquette is stinking up the joint. Maybe he wants the Yankees to close the gap.

    • pisano - Aug 31, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      Don’t worry about the Yankees closing the gap.Yesterday was a great example of the Yankee offense, they got one hit off a pitcher from Toronto that has just under a five era, they make most pitchers look like Cy Young. The Yankees can’t hit their asses with both hands.

  7. theskinsman - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    Not sorry he’s off the Red Sox roster…

  8. jpalughi823 - Aug 31, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    just a depth move. i don’t think he’s good at all to be honest but i like that they are showing the fan base “hey, we’re trying here”. not many men on earth can replace manny & its not like Beltre is gonna make it through waivers OR be able to play in baltimore next year with that mammoth salary.

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