12.03.2013

Orioles Trade Johnson To Oakland For Weeks

The Baltimore Orioles shipped closer Jim Johnson to Oakland in exchange for infielder Jemile Weeks. The move was primarily made to dump salary as Johnson was due to receive around $10 million in 2014.

After a stellar 2012 season, Johnson wasn't quite as reliable in 2013. Johnson had nine blown saves that led to eight losses.

Weeks, 26, has potential to play a key role for the Orioles. He hit .303 in 2011, but only .221 in 2012. He spent most of 2013 in Triple-A, hitting .271.

With catcher Matt Wieters and first baseman Chris Davis due to receive large contracts, the move to dump Johnson makes sense. Not only do you rid yourself of an unreliable closer, but you free up salary to re-sign other key players. Smart move by the Orioles.

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