Jim Johnson ready to anchor talented A's bullpen
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- From Baltimore to the Bay Area, closer Jim Johnson has taken notice of the care with which Oakland's Bob Melvin and pitching coach Curt Young manage their bullpen.
That means a lot for last season's AL saves leader as he joins a new team for the first time in an already impressive eight-year major league career. In fact, Johnson had interest in the Athletics if he were to be traded.
In December, the two-time reigning AL West champions pulled it off: acquiring Johnson to fill a big void in the ninth inning with All-Star Grant Balfour lost in free agency.
General manager Billy Beane and Melvin would have been happy to go forward with either Ryan Cook or Sean Doolittle. With Johnson in the mix, there are more options.