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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Jim Johnson, A's Avoid Arbitration


By on 1/16/2014 08:30:00 PM

After trading for RH pitcher Jim Johnson in the offseason, the Athletics have avoided arbitration with Johnson with a one-year, $10 million deal. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported the signing and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that it is indeed a $10 million agreement.

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Johnson at age 30 was shipped from Baltimore, because of their need for other weapons on their team. The Athletics sent utility guy Jemile Weeks and catcher David Freitas to Baltimore. The decision was made, because Johnson was going to be making more than the Orioles wanted to pay him. Johnson lead baseball in saves with 50 and blown saves with 9 last season while having a 2.94 earned run average.

Only Jonathan Papelbon, Brian Wilson and Rafael Soriano are making more than Johnson for the upcoming season. 

This was Johnson’s final year of arbitration and will more than likely test the free agent market after the 2014 season. He could be one of the most sought out relievers in next year's free agent class.

After Balfour’s contract was up, the A’s decided to let him go, which left a hole in the bullpen for Oakland. Johnson looks like the everyday closer going into spring training, but if he continues his consistency of blowing saves, then Bob Melvin might just give Doolittle or Cook a chance at closing out ball games.

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