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Jim Johnson on trade: I wasn't emotional until I started getting messages from Orioles teammates
Jim Johnson on trade: I wasn't emotional until I started getting messages from Orioles teammates

Jim Johnson spent most of the day Tuesday at the Major League Baseball Players Association's annual executive-board meeting in La Jolla, Calif. Hours removed from the news he had been traded by the Orioles to the Oakland Athletics, word was still filtering out. And all day long, while Johnson was in meetings, the former Orioles closer’s cell phone continuously filled with text messages from his now former Orioles teammates — some expressing shock, others sadness, but all wishing him well. The night before, Johnson stepped off a cross-country flight to participate in the union meetings as the Orioles' player rep only to find out he had been...

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