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07:30 AM ET 12.10 | Baltimore may not be done yet. Less than a week after trading Jim Johnson to the Athletics, the Orioles have interest in free agent closers John Axford and Grant Balfour, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Heyman notes Chris Perez could be a fit as well. Johnson, who led baseball in both saves (50) and blown saves (nine) this season, was traded in a money saving move. He is projected to earn $11 million or so in 2014 and Baltimore is bumping up against their payroll limit. Axford and Balfour won't be cheap, but they also won't command $11 million salaries. The Orioles have an internal closer option in right-hander Tommy Hunter, who had a 2.81 ERA (150 ERA+) in 86 1/3 innings in 2013. Others like Darren O'Day or the recently signed Ryan Webb could be in the mix.

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December 10, 2013  08:03 AM ET

The O's won't contend unless they spend....

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December 10, 2013  08:43 AM ET
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Didn't they just trade their closer?This makes little sense.

The article mentioned that he's probably going to get a big arb salary that the O's didn't want to pay (he's also a FA in '15). Johnson is proof positive that you don't have to be a great pitcher to reach 50 saves and was also horrendous against the Yanks in the '12 ALDS.

December 10, 2013  11:45 AM ET
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Didn't they just trade their closer?This makes little sense.

but but why trade their closer when they don't have any more closers?? i mean their closer tag was a little to stiff??i get it!!!

 
December 10, 2013  02:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Didn't they just trade their closer?This makes little sense.

A lot of Johnson's saves were of the nailbiter variety.

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