In today's trending Marlins news, talks were taking place last weekend which could have sent Oakland Athletics former closer Jim Johnson to the Miami Marlins for the team's 39th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, "the Marlins, before acquiring right-hander Bryan Morris from the Pirates on Sunday, made the Athletics a trade offer for righty Jim Johnson, according to major-league sources."
The Athletics reportedly said yes to the deal, but the Marlins decided to use the pick on landing former Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Bryan Morris instead.
Per Rosenthal's sources, the A's aren't actively shopping Jim Johnson - they just couldn't turn down the aggressiveness with which the Marlins were using to pursue Johnson at first.
The former Baltimore Orioles closer is coming off back-to-back seasons with 50 saves, but lost the closer's role in Oakland due to giving up 45 baserunners in just 22 innings of work.
In Rosenthal's words, "the Athletics would have paid a portion of the approximately $6.5 million remaining on Johnson’s contract, and the Marlins would have paid the $1.4 million bonus assigned to the No. 39 pick, sources said."
Alas, it was not to be.
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