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Athletics designate Johnson for assignment

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TSN.ca Staff
7/24/2014 1:42:18 PM
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The Oakland Athletics have designated Jim Johnson for assignment.

The 31-year-old has struggled in his first season in Oakland, posting a 4-2 record with two saves and a 6.92 earned-run average in 38 appearances.

Johnson was signed by the A's this past off-season to a one-year, $10 million contract after he led the American League in saves each of the past two seasons. He notched 50 saves in 2013 and 51 in 2012 while with the Baltimore Orioles.

In nine seasons with the A's and Orioles (398 appearances), Johnson has posted a 22-28 record with a 3.45 earned-run average and 124 saves. He was selected to the 2012 MLB All-Star Game and finished seventh in Cy Young Award voting that same season.

A's coach Bob Melvin commented on Johnson's time in Oakland.

"It started out bad for him and he just couldn't get into a spot where he could find himself and not have to think about some of the failures or whatever that were going on. "I feel awful about it, too, because it's my job to get him in a position to succeed and it just didn't happen here."

Current Athletics closer Sean Doolittle thought Johnson would be able to snap out of the slump.

"I kept feeling like it was only a matter of time before he was going to right the ship. You wouldn't have known that he was struggling based on the way he was going about his business every day."

"Everybody in this clubhouse knows how good he can be," Doolittle said. "He saved 101 games in two seasons in the toughest division in baseball. I hope for his sake a change of scenery does him good and he can latch on somewhere else and land on his feet."

 

 

 

 

Jim Johnson (Photo: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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