Jun 13, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jim Johnson (45) pitches the ball against the New York Yankees during the ninth inning at O.co Coliseum. The New York Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-0. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Johnson rumors: Oakland A's, Miami Marlins talk trade

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About a month ago the Oakland A’s and the Miami Marlins began talking about a trade which would have sent the former Athletics closer to South Beach. For whatever reason (likely salary concerns) the deal fell apart and the Marlins went a different way.

However, it seems as if Miami just can’t quit lusting over Jim Johnson as they’re again showing trade interest in the banished closer.

Johnson, who spent a large portion of his career with the Baltimore Orioles was one of the top relievers in the game just a few seasons ago. But after a run of poor outings, Johnson was removed from his post as Baltimore Orioles closer and eventually traded to the Oakland A’s this past offseason. He was immediately thrust in the closer role with the Athletics and again struggled, eventually being demoted from the role yet again.

More than happy to rid themselves of Jim Johnson’s struggles, the Oakland A’s have been attempting to trade the reliever and the Miami Marlins appear to be the most likely candidate.

Though they failed to pull the trigger on an earlier deal for A’s reliever Jim Johnson, it appears the the Marlins continue to remain interested in Oakland’s struggling former closer, according to sources. One player the A’s have discussed with the Marlins as a possible trade return: Marlins minor league pitching prospect Adam Conley

A free agent after the season, Jim Johnson is currently making $10 million dollars this year though given the penny pinching ways of the Miami Marlins, you figure the Athletics would likely be paying a portion of his pro-rated salary if a deal was to go down.

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