Johnson lasted just four months in Oakland, losing the closer's role in April after just eight appearances with an 18.90 ERA in that span. From there, the Athletics struggled to find a role for Johnson and eventually released him Aug. 1. He was 4-2 with a 7.14 ERA in 40 1/3 innings with Oakland.
On Aug. 6, Johnson signed a minor league deal with the Detroit Tigers and joined the major league club less than two weeks later. He had a 6.92 ERA in 13 innings with the Tigers.
The Orioles spoke with Johnson both times that he was available in the past four months. A reunion could have been possible if he was still available late this offseason and willing to sign a minor league deal, but the club really had no interest in signing him to a major league deal.