Sep 26, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Johnson (43) throws in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Orioles defeated the Blue Jays 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Oakland A's emerge as leader in trade talks for Orioles closer Jim Johnson

In the past week or so, several different teams have expressed interest in Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson on the trade market. The Los Angeles Dodgers were the most recent team to emerge as a serious candidate in the last day or two, but FOX’s Ken Rosenthal is now reporting a new leader in the discussions for the Orioles.

This is a bit of a bomb shell, even if it’s just a report of who is leading the negotiations. The Dodgers have approached the Yankees in willingness to open their checkbooks and raid the minor leagues, but Oakland’s reported interest seemingly comes from nowhere.

With that said, the A’s have a hole at the closer spot with Grant Balfour hitting free agency, and they have clear interest in the highly-productive Johnson. The 30-year-old right-hander has saved 50+ games in back-to-back seasons with Baltimore, and despite his semi-questionable peripherals, that type of output comes at a high price tag for any suitor.

Without specific details, it’s tough to pin down what type of package Oakland could put together to attempt to acquire Johnson, but if Rosenthal is right, they aren’t going away in the pursuit.

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  • Carla Jacobs

    how did the A’s just get jim johnson in trade for jemile weeks and a player to be named later? why would the orioles do that? whatever, sounds good for the A’s. in billy beane we trust!…go A’s!

    • sardiverdave

      Just wait until he coughs up a 3 run lead with 2 outs in the 9th. You’ll know why the Orioles did it.