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

Arbitration: Jim Johnson signs $10 million deal with Athletics

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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.

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