The book finally closed on Jim Johnson’s rocky tenure in Oakland, as the A’s released the reliever Friday afternoon.
It was no surprise, as it was assumed he’d eventually be released when the A’s designated him for assignment July 24. The team had 10 days to either trade him or release him once he cleared waivers. There was little incentive for teams to engage in trade talks with Oakland, since they knew that if Johnson was released, he could be signed for a pro-rated portion of the major league minimum.
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The A’s are on the hook for the rest of the estimated $3.6 million left on his $10 million salary for this season.
After being acquired from Baltimore last offseason, where he was coming off of back-to-back 50-save seasons, Johnson’s 2014 campaign got off to a rough start and things unraveled from there. He lost the closer’s job early on and wound up with two saves and a 7.14 ERA that was highest among major league relievers at the time he was designated.