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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Athletics Acquire Jim Johnson From Orioles For Jemile Weeks

Weeks will make you want a Schoop.

The Athletics have officially acquired closer Jim Johnson from the Orioles in exchange for second baseman Jemile Weeks. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter) was the first to report the deal. The Orioles also pick up a player to be named later or future considerations in the deal, tweets Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

The Baltimore closer had been projected by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz to earn a $10MM+ payday through arbitration for the Orioles, but will now have the opportunity to try and break eight figures in Oakland…

The big right-hander has led the bigs in saves over 2012-13, with 101 total to his credit. Last year, he pitched to a 2.94 ERA with 7.2 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 as well as a 58% ground-ball rate…

Weeks, meanwhile, has failed to reproduce his outstanding 2011 campaign, when he posted a .303/.340/.421 triple-slash in 437 plate appearances at age 24. Though he has struggled in the bigs since that campaign, Weeks did muster a .271/.376/.369 in Triple-A last year and still has the capacity to steal 15 to 20 bags a year.

The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2013 at 02:10 AM | 45 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: athletics, jemile weeks, jim johnson, orioles, trades, transactions

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   1. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 03, 2013 at 08:08 AM (#4609323)
I never know what the A's are going to do every winter. Seriously, they never do anything I imagine they will.
   2. Chris Fluit Posted: December 03, 2013 at 09:09 AM (#4609334)
I hope the Jemile Weeks reclamation project works as well as the first season of the Nate McLouth experiment.


Also, autocorrect changes Jemile to Hemline.
   3. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: December 03, 2013 at 09:15 AM (#4609339)
From the O's POV it looks like a combination of a flyer and a salary dump.
   4. Riki Tiki Javy Lopez Posted: December 03, 2013 at 09:26 AM (#4609340)
looks like a combination of a flyer and a salary dump


Agreed, and nothing wrong with that...
   5. zonk Posted: December 03, 2013 at 09:45 AM (#4609349)
Confusing people is the new market efficiency, apparently...

Like this trade quite a bit for the Orioles - they've been pretty darn successful building fine bullpens out of bailing wire and duct tape, so why not deal those guys when they get expensive and can bring back interesting pieces in return?

   6. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: December 03, 2013 at 10:11 AM (#4609355)
Wow, Billy Beane buying a closer. Who'd have thought it?
   7. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 03, 2013 at 10:17 AM (#4609360)
Wow, Billy Beane buying a closer. Who'd have thought it?

He's traded/signed closers before--Koch, Foulke, Rhodes and Dotel. Mixed results on that lot. Arthur Rhodes remains my least favorite Oakland Athletic of all time.
   8. Bourbon Samurai Posted: December 03, 2013 at 10:23 AM (#4609366)
I guess why not.
   9. formerly dp Posted: December 03, 2013 at 10:23 AM (#4609367)
.271/.376/.369 in the PCL at 26, not very inspiring. But played some CF and SS, though not sure how well.
   10. JE (Jason) Posted: December 03, 2013 at 10:29 AM (#4609376)
so why not deal those guys when they get expensive and can bring back interesting pieces in return?

If by "interesting" you mean "probably useless," then yeah, Weeks is really interesting.
   11. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: December 03, 2013 at 10:36 AM (#4609381)
Nuts, I saw a rumor that the Dodgers were in on the Johnson bidding, and was hoping they'd do something silly.
   12. donlock Posted: December 03, 2013 at 10:36 AM (#4609382)
Would rather have had a couple of prospects but, I suppose, so would Douquette. Adds to logjam at 2nd base. What happens to Brian Roberts?
   13. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: December 03, 2013 at 10:39 AM (#4609384)
looks like a combination of a flyer and a salary dump

Agreed, and nothing wrong with that...


Yeah, I'm not quite as down on Johnson as a lot of people, but with arbitration coming up he's bound to be paid much more than he's likely to be worth going forward.
   14. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: December 03, 2013 at 10:42 AM (#4609386)
I wouldn't be surprised if Beane wants to try converting Johnson into a starter a la Derek Lowe, but $10M is a lot to pay for an experiment (or a good but not great closer).

Decent trade for the Orioles, esp. since Johnson was a non-tender candidate. Weeks has had success and might turn things around.
   15. jdennis Posted: December 03, 2013 at 10:44 AM (#4609391)
What happens to Brian Roberts?


Retirement?
   16. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 03, 2013 at 10:51 AM (#4609398)
This trade could work out well. John Mabry-well.
   17. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: December 03, 2013 at 11:07 AM (#4609411)
Orioles aren't going to bring Roberts back unless it's for $1M and he's a pinch hitter and back up 2B. My guess is that he'll retire and take some job with the Orioles.

   18. phoenixscienter Posted: December 03, 2013 at 11:15 AM (#4609425)
Have you seen Roberts' wife? I'm sure he will be enjoying the extra time at home.
   19. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 03, 2013 at 11:55 AM (#4609460)
The Orioles also pick up a player to be named later or future considerations

Some guy guessed that the PTBNL was a Rule 5 eligible person. This could be Anthony Aliotti or Miles Head or some such person. The "or future considerations" thing eases my anxiety that it's anyone good.
I wouldn't be surprised if Beane wants to try converting Johnson into a starter a la Derek Lowe, but $10M is a lot to pay for an experiment (or a good but not great closer).

It never occurred to me that Johnson could be a starter but he does seem to have a fastball, 2 seamer, curve and change and a non-massive platoon split. I agree on the $10M but they did pay it for Ben Sheets. A bigger problem for him is going to be Jed Lowrie at SS and Brandon Moss at 1B.
He's traded/signed closers before--Koch, Foulke, Rhodes and Dotel. Mixed results on that lot. Arthur Rhodes remains my least favorite Oakland Athletic of all time.
Yes, and Isringhausen, Koch, Fuentes and Balfour
   20. Greg K Posted: December 03, 2013 at 03:27 PM (#4609692)
Speaking of A's, sounds like they acquired Craig Gentry. [EDIT: For Michael Choice]
   21. A triple short of the cycle Posted: December 03, 2013 at 03:32 PM (#4609699)
We traded Choice? WTF?
   22. zonk Posted: December 03, 2013 at 03:40 PM (#4609709)
What the what?

I was under the impression that Choice recovered some of his value as a prospect last year.

That seems to be a lot to give up for Doug Dascenzo part II.
   23. Greg K Posted: December 03, 2013 at 03:44 PM (#4609715)
A's getting Chris Bostick too.

And apparently the Jays are getting all hot and bothered about acquiring Brett Anderson. Busy time in Oakland.
   24. The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 03, 2013 at 03:45 PM (#4609718)
What happens to Brian Roberts?

History suggests the Disabled List.
   25. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 03, 2013 at 03:52 PM (#4609724)
A's getting Chris Bostick too.

The opposite: Choice and Bostick for Gentry and Lindblom. Not sure why the A's need Lindblom.
   26. Greg K Posted: December 03, 2013 at 03:57 PM (#4609728)
The opposite: Choice and Bostick for Gentry and Lindblom. Not sure why the A's need Lindblom.

Whoops, I sure read that wrong. Had never heard of Bostick before, when I looked him up I thought the trade made a bit more sense.

Isn't that a lot to give up for a guy who looks like a 4thOF/platoon partner for Reddick?
   27. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 03, 2013 at 04:00 PM (#4609731)
Isn't that a lot to give up for a guy who looks like a 4thOF/platoon partner for Reddick?

Sure seems like it to me.
   28. Bourbon Samurai Posted: December 03, 2013 at 04:06 PM (#4609738)
Wow, the Choice deal seems terrible. What is Beane doing this year?
   29. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 03, 2013 at 04:19 PM (#4609762)
Michael Choice went to high school and college in Arlington, Texas. Maybe he threatened to retire from baseball unless they traded him to the Rangers.

Like that guy the Phillies got in the Abreu trade who then refused to play for any organization but the Yankees.
   30. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: December 03, 2013 at 08:44 PM (#4610024)
Isn't that a lot to give up for a guy who looks like a 4thOF/platoon partner for Reddick?

The A's "standard" OF, Cespedes / Crisp / Reddick, might be the best in the majors... when healthy.
But given the amount of playing time a "4th" OF will get with this crew, getting somebody good makes sense. Didn't work with Chris Young; maybe it'll work with Gentry.
   31. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 03, 2013 at 09:26 PM (#4610043)
The A's "standard" OF, Cespedes / Crisp / Reddick, might be the best in the majors... when healthy.

Hmmm....

Angels -- Calhoun, Trout, Hamilton
Jays -- Gose, Rasmus, Bautista
Braves -- Upton, Upton, Heyward
Marlins -- Ozuna, Yelich, Stanton
Dodgers -- Crawford, Kemp, Puig
Nationals -- Harper, Span, Werth
Pirates -- Marte, McCutchen, Polanco
Cardinals -- Holliday, Bourjos, Craig
Twins -- Arcia, Hicks, Buxton (OK not really)

I'm thinking Nats, Pirates, Dodgers, Angels
   32. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 03, 2013 at 09:39 PM (#4610058)
Proven closers are the new market inefficiency.

[31] Ethier is better than Crawford.
   33. PreservedFish Posted: December 03, 2013 at 10:22 PM (#4610104)
I think a lot of those teams beat the A's. Especially if you let each of them use the really generous "if healthy" clause. If you're thinking of Reddick as a great player, then the same goes for Kemp, Hamilton, BJ Upton, Bourjos.
   34. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: December 03, 2013 at 10:33 PM (#4610112)
I had forgotten that the A's briefly had one of the Koch brothers closing for them.
   35. Bourbon Samurai Posted: December 03, 2013 at 11:28 PM (#4610162)
rthur Rhodes remains my least favorite Oakland Athletic of all time.


Terrence Long
   36. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: December 03, 2013 at 11:38 PM (#4610173)
Ruben Sierra.
   37. jobu Posted: December 04, 2013 at 12:43 AM (#4610229)
Jeremy Giambi. Please.
   38. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 04, 2013 at 02:47 AM (#4610264)
Troy Neel
   39. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 04, 2013 at 09:31 AM (#4610284)
Nope, Arthur Rhodes. Ruben Sierra is close, though. Troy Neel was a pretty nondescript Athletic who became famous after he left the team for non-baseball reasons. I find his villainy and decadence to be almost literary, though, so I can't muster up any hatred for him as there's at least a fascination there. I'm sure anyone who has ever been involved with him sure can, of course.
   40. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: December 04, 2013 at 09:57 AM (#4610304)
Ruben Sierra (remember when Tony LaRussa called him a village idiot?)
Gil Heredia
Arthur Rhodes
Billy Koch
Jose Guillen
Jason Kendall
Chris Young
Matt Holliday
Jed Lowrie's defense at short (those stupid floating rainbow tosses he makes to first while moving sideways to his left)
   41. morineko Posted: December 04, 2013 at 10:24 AM (#4610318)
At least Kendall brought in Jerry Blevins. Isn't Blevins the longest-tenured A at this point with Barton off the roster?
   42. Traderdave Posted: December 04, 2013 at 10:44 AM (#4610335)
Yes, Blevins is the greybeard.

And while I've only been an A's fan since moving to the Bay Area in '01, Arthur Rhodes tops my list of LFA's. T-Long sucked but he was too nice a guy to actually hate.
   43. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 04, 2013 at 11:12 AM (#4610354)
Kendall gave us the Face Off and the Sulk Off, too. He's all right in my book. Jose Guillen was good for us! And we were the smart ones who let him go!
   44. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: December 04, 2013 at 12:00 PM (#4610388)
I hate Guillen for getting thrown out at third base in Game 5 of the 2003 ALDS. Nixon had him dead to rights; just boneheaded in a game against Pedro.
   45. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: December 04, 2013 at 12:01 PM (#4610390)
Kendall was just annoying to watch hit. He's the only guy I've seen who has looked physically afraid of the ball.

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