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6. Can the club replace Johnson as closer?

In their most controversial offseason move, the Orioles sent the 30-year-old right-hander to the Athletics for Weeks and minor league catcher David Freitas in early December. The trade helped the club save about $10 million that Johnson (above) was expected to earn through salary arbitration, and Duquette said the money would be spent in other ways. Eventually, that prediction came to fruition with the free-agent additions in February. But how will the Orioles fill the void at the back of the bullpen after the departure of Johnson, who saved 101 total games in the past two seasons? Whether it's right-hander Tommy Hunter or another setup man -- Webb or Darren O'Day, most likely -- the Orioles need someone to make the ninth inning uneventful in wins this season. Remember, Johnson led the major leagues with nine blown saves in 2013.
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