The Los Angeles Dodgers are still looking to solidify their bullpen this off-season and with Brian Wilson potentially leaving Los Angeles, the Dodgers will have to look beyond the free-agent market to acquire relief help.
Jim Johnson was an All-Star in 2012 and last season he had 2.94 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 70.1 innings. Johnson leads the American League in saves these past two seasons and is in his last year of arbitration, meaning he could earn more than $10 million next season. Johnson did blow nine saves last year, which makes the Dodgers interest questionable. Do they really want to pay that amount of money although they already have Kenley Jansen as their established closer?
The Dodgers would be better served using that money to re-sign Wilson and not lose any assets in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles. However, if Wilson decides to sign with another ball club, acquiring Johnson might be the Dodgers’ backup plan. The Orioles have made it clear they want to trade Johnson, but how much are the Dodgers willing to give up for closer that was inconsistent last season.
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