There were two distinct moments of surprise associated with the trade that sent the Orioles closer Jim Johnson to the Athletics.
The first came when I found out that the Orioles were shopping Johnson in the first place… I can understand not wanting to commit too much money to a volatile commodity like a closer, but it wasn’t like the Orioles had another closer sitting around waiting for the opportunity.
The second surprise came when the A’s were the ones to pick him up. “Wait, the Athletics are taking on salary? What’s up with that?”
I’ve got nothing against the Athletics, and this wasn’t JJ’s idea, so I will wish him all the best with his new team.
…and I hope that Orioles GM Dan Duquette knows what he’s doing…
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Has your favorite player has moved to another team this winter? …Or did your favorite team acquire a player? Would you like to see that special someone “photoshopped” into their new uniform?
If so, feel free to leave a request in the comments below, and I will give it my best.
I make absolutely no promises that I will be able to pull it off – I’m somewhat limited by the images I have access to, not to mention my amateur graphical skills – but I will most certainly make an effort.