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Orioles Listening to Offers on Jim Johnson


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About time.

As much as we like JJ, it's very hard to like him for 10 million dollars worth of salary with our pressing team needs and upcoming extensions. I would have thought we'd be forced to trade him... was all this up till now a show for other teams to make it seem like we are not desperate to trade him?

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If Baltimore doesn't want him for $10MM, I think it's safe to say other teams are going to want some money to come along with JJ if they are going to be expected to give anything up. Might have to choose between freeing up payroll or getting a solid player back. Otherwise, maybe Baltimore could take on someone else's unwanted contract but at a position of greater team need.

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]If Baltimore doesn't want him for $10MM[/b]' date=' I think it's safe to say other teams are going to want some money to come along with JJ if they are going to be expected to give anything up. Might have to choose between freeing up payroll or getting a solid player back. Otherwise, maybe Baltimore could take on someone else's unwanted contract but at a position of greater team need.[/quote']

Just because some of the fans here, don't want him, doesn't mean he doesn't have value to other teams in need of a closer.

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If Baltimore doesn't want him for $10MM, I think it's safe to say other teams are going to want some money to come along with JJ if they are going to be expected to give anything up. Might have to choose between freeing up payroll or getting a solid player back. Otherwise, maybe Baltimore could take on someone else's unwanted contract but at a position of greater team need.

I was thinking that if he is moved, we would prob eat $2-3MM of his salary.

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Olney states that they are willing to listen. Willing is the operative word. Someone has to be talking to them before they can actually be listening.

I would hope that adding either Wieters or Hardy to a Jim Johnson deal would make it far more attractive and improve the return substantially.

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I think this is his last year on this contract; correct me if I'm wrong. Unless he has another 2012 season, he will not have his contract renewed. He will note be making top dollar from anyone else. Would his agent like the security of three years of getting paid or the uncertainty of what could happen in an open market?

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How would you feel about a Johnson extention' date=' say 3 years at 21 million?[/quote']

I feel he could get that contract at any time he wants. He's lined up to make around 10 MM this year -- I wouldn't give that up were I him. Additionally, Baltimore using him as a closer again is going to push him towards "high end closer" status by virtue of saves accrued. Provided his peripherals aren't terrible, and he operates as closer for the full year with another 40+ saves, he's going to get a 3-4 years over $8MM per when he hits free agency.

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