Baltimore Orioles listening to offers for Jim Johnson

Sep 18, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Jim Johnson (43) throws a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in the tweveth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Right handed closer Jim Johnson is coming off back to back 50 save seasons while posting a 2.94 ERA.

Those numbers are enough to get the attention to some teams across the league who are looking to improve their closer’s role or bullpen in general.

According to Buster Olney on Twitter, the Baltimore Orioles are willing to listen to offers for the right 30 year old closer. His 50 saves was the most in the American League and enough to tie Atlanta Braves’ Craig Kimbrel for the Major League lead.

A reason why they’re listening to offers could be payroll related. Johnson is set to make $10.8 million for 2014 which could be stopping them from bringing in a big name free agent.

With guys like Nelson Cruz and Carlos Beltran still available, they would like to be in the hunt for at least one of them. Even though that $10 million wouldn’t be enough to cover either Beltran or Cruz, it could allow them to patch up some spots on the depth chart.

Topics: Baltimore Orioles, Jim Johnson

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