Report: Marlins still interested in A's Johnson

Report: Marlins still interested in A's Johnson
July 23, 2014, 11:45 am
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Veteran Jim Johnson is 4-2 with a 6.25 ERA in 37 appearances for the A's this year. (USATSI)

Though a potential trade fell through in early June, the Miami Marlins remain interested in acquiring Oakland A's reliever Jim Johnson, according to a Miami Herald report.

The rumored trade back on June 4 was supposed to send the struggling Johnson to Miami in exchange for the Marlins' No. 39 draft pick.

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Now, the Herald is reporting that the two sides have discussed left-handed minor league pitcher Adam Conley. 

Conley, a 2011 second-round pick who just turned 24, is 3-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 12 games -- 11 starts -- in Triple-A this season after getting promoted from High-A ball. Last season in Double-A, Conley went 11-7 with a 3.25 ERA and 129 strikeouts to 37 walks.

Johnson, 31, is 4-2 with a 6.25 ERA in 37 appearances for the A's this year. After back-to-back 50-save seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, he signed a one-year, $10-million contract with Oakland, only to be replaced by Sean Doolittle as the team's closer.