The Oakland A’s sit atop the American League West with a rather impressive 13-7 record, a record that might be a lot better if not for six blown saves through the first 20 games of the season.
After losing Grant Balfour via free agency, the Athletics acquired Jim Johnson from the Baltimore Orioles to be their fireman. But Johnson, who lost that role with the Orioles last season, has been nothing short of awful and was removed from the role. That lead to the A’s using a ‘committee’ which has seemingly been headed by Luke Gregerson who, despite a solid ERA has struggled in the role as well.
The A’s are 5-for-11 in save opportunities on the season after losing a one-run lead in the ninth Tuesday night against the Rangers. But manager Bob Melvin said this morning there are no plans right now to alter the current closer-by-committee system.
Johnson is making a rather significant salary this season and the Athletics aren’t paying him to pitch in early relief, so one would assume he’d get the opportunity to win the job back – though when that happens is anybody’s guess.