TORONTO -- After working out for the Orioles at the club’s spring training complex Monday, former closer Jim Johnson signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers, according to an industry source.
The Orioles also offered Johnson a minor-league deal, which included an out clause that would have given Johnson the opportunity to go elsewhere if he wasn’t brought to the major leagues when rosters expand in September.
The Orioles’ bullpen didn’t currently have a spot open for Johnson. The club recently sent a right-handed reliever, Ryan Webb, to Norfolk when it acquired left-handed reliever Andrew Miller n a July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline deal with the Boston Red Sox.
Meanwhile, the Tigers were looking for additional relief help after shutting down reliever Joel Hanrahan last month.
Johnson, who recorded back-to-back 50-save seasons in Baltimore before he was traded to the Oakland Athletics in December, threw for the Orioles for about 10 minutes Monday in front of rehab pitching coordinator Scott McGregor and minor league medical coordinator Dave Walker.
Johnson opened the season as the Athletics closer but lost his job after struggling early. He had a 7.14 ERA in 38 games when Oakland released him Friday.
Johnson's deal with the Tigers was first reported by Fox Sports.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun