In today's Orioles rumors and news update, the Baltimore Orioles recently declined the opportunity at reacquiring former closer Jim Johnson from the Oakland Athletics. According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, the A's initiated discussions to no avail:
Sources say #Orioles & #Athletics talked about a Balt reunion for Jim Johnson a few weeks ago but Orioles ultimately decided against it — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 21, 2014
Johnson has struggled mightily in his first year with the A's, pitching to a 6.25 ERA in 40.1 innings pitched.
The 31-year-old was displaced from the closer's role in Oakland in favor of converted position player Sean Doolittle and the team has consistently slotted Johnson into low-risk, low-leverage roles ever since.
While the Orioles have fond memories of Johnson's work during his eight years with the team, it seems that the organization has currently been scared off of him until he starts to find himself once again on the mound.
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