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As Johnson leaves for Oakland, Orioles look for new answer at closer inside, outside club
As Johnson leaves for Oakland, Orioles look for new answer at closer inside, outside club

While the Orioles' trade of closer Jim Johnson late Monday night immediately offered more questions than answers about the club's direction this offseason, executive vice president Dan Duquette insisted Tuesday that the deal can't truly be evaluated for the next several weeks. The Orioles dealt Johnson, who saved 101 games over the past two seasons, to the Oakland Athletics just before the midnight tender deadline in exchange for infielder Jemile Weeks and a minor league player to be named later. While the Orioles unloaded the projected $10 million-plus Johnson was likely to make in his final season of arbitration eligibility, what they got in return seemed...

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