Jim Johnson Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Star Closer

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 28:  Jim Johnson
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No closer in Major League Baseball has more saves over the past two seasons than Jim Johnson, but if the Baltimore Orioles have their way, he may not be donning orange and black in 2014.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Orioles would like to trade Johnson due to the fact that he is likely to be awarded a hefty salary in arbitration.

Sources: #Orioles trying hard to trade Jim Johnson, #Dodgers in mix. Johnson projected to earn more than $10M in arbitration.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 2, 2013

Later in the evening a new team emerged as the leader to land Johnson according to Rosenthal:

Sources: #Athletics are team most involved in trade discussions for #Orioles’ Jim Johnson. #Dodgers do not expect to get him.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 3, 2013

Updates from Tuesday, Dec. 3

Things progressed extremely quickly and now the A's have their guy according to Rosenthal:

Source: #Athletics acquire Jim Johnson from #Orioles for 2B Jemile Weeks.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 3, 2013