MLB's Ken Rosenthal broke the story and the Baltimore Orioles later confirmed that they traded closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for 2B Jemile Weeks and a player to be named later.
Johnson was set to make an estimated $10 million or more in arbitration and it became clear the Orioles simply did not want to pay their closer that much money and worked all day to find a suitor.
Despite rumors most of the day that the Los Angeles Dodgers were the front runners to land Johnson, the A's wound up being the match Executive VP/GM Dan Duquette was looking for.
Baltimore will receive Weeks and a player to be named later in the deal.
Our Twitter feed blew up after the trade was announced because several people felt the Orioles got short-changed.
Although one would think that a closer who has saved 101 games over the last two years and had a sub three ERA in both those seasons would bring back more, no team wants to pay their closer $10 million for one year, so when you find a team that is willing to, you almost have to take it.
We feel that many people are disrespecting Jemile Weeks a little bit. He is a .258 career hitter in two real seasons in the big leagues with 41 doubles, 38 stolen bases and a .319 on base percentage. In his rookie year in 2011, Weeks burst onto the scene hitting .303 with 26 doubles, two homers, eight triples, 36 RBI, 22 stolen bases and a .340 OBP. This is a guy who can play second, shortstop and centerfield, with the ability to steal some bases and gap to gap power who also happens to be a switch hitter.
Most of all, the Orioles free up $10 million to try and bolster their starting rotation or for a big bat, while gaining a guy who is under team control to the 2019 season.
One thing is for sure, we will miss hearing the Foo Fighters in the ninth inning at the Yard!
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