Marlins ALMOST traded for Jim Johnson

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Last weekend the Miami Marlins traded their number 39 overall draft pick to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Bryan Morris. They then used the extra money to sign reliever Kevin Gregg to a minor league contract. It was reported recently, however, by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that the Marlins were interested in trading for the A’s former closer turned rarely used reliever Jim Johnson.

The A’s were willing, according to Rosenthal, to make the deal that would have sent Johnson, cash and a player to be named later to Miami for the Marlins’ 39th pick in the 2014 draft. The Athletics don’t have very many picks in the top 100, only numbers 25 and 65. The Marlins’ wisely went to with Morris.  Johnson has been terrible with the A’s this season after coming off of two consecutive 50 plus save seasons. He was removed from the closer’s role due to his high ERA and the fact that he has allowed 45 baserunners in 22 innings this season. It is no surprise that the A’s would shop Johnson, however, it is a surprise that teams would be interested. Rosenthal also reported that the A’s are continuing to try to get rid of Johnson, even offering to pay the remainder of his $10 million salary.

The A’s have responded to this report calling it a “lie.”

The Marlins were the ones that approached the A’s with the deal in the first place but Oakland certainly seemed as though they would happily handed Johnson over without a second thought. Unfortunately, for the A’s and their fans, it appears that Johnson will be sticking around a little while longer, if not all season!

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