After acquiring Jim Johnson, the Athletics avoided arbitration with their new closer.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the arbitration case had been avoided, while Joel Sherman reported it was a $10 million deal. He earned $6.5 million in 2013 with Baltimore.
Johnson was acquired this off season from the Baltimore Orioles, much to the chagrin of the Baltimore fan base, for second baseman Jemile Weeks and David Freitas. The Oakland Athletics lost former closer Grant Balfour to free agency; Balfour has yet to sign with a team, although he had a 2-year, $15 million with the Orioles that fell through due to medical concerns.
The big righty leads the Majors in saves over the last two seasons with 101 saves and earned an All-Star Game berth in 2012. In 2013, Johnson compiled 50 saves with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.