The Oakland A’s have acquired right-hander Jim Johnson from the Baltimore Orioles for second baseman Jemile Weeks and a player to be named later. The deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Johnson, 30, is projected to earn more than $10 million in 2014 making him a prime candidate to be moved. Johnson lead MLB in both saves (50) and blown saves (nine). He had a 2.94 ERA (143 ERA+) and a 3.11 K/BB in 70 1/3 innings. Johnson will become a free-agent next winter.
Weeks, the A’s first-round selection in the 2008 draft hit .303/.340/.421 (110 OPS+) in 97 games as a rookie in 2011 but he has been unable to build on that success. He put up a .221/.305/.304 (73 OPS+) line in 2012 before spending most of 2013 in Triple-A.
Weeks is not arbitration eligible until the 2016 season, and not a free agent until after 2018.
In three big league seasons, Weeks has played 223 games, nearly all at second base, batting .258/.319/.357.