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When this offseason started, the Orioles appeared to be a couple of key players away from moving to the next level and heading into 2014 with a realistic chance of playing deep into next October.
In this Oct. 13, 2013, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Jarrod Saltalamacchia celebrates after hitting the game winning single in the ninth inning during Game 2 of the American League baseball championship series against the Detroit Tigers in Boston.
ESPN senior writer Buster Olney joined the Norris and Davis show to discuss the Orioles off season and the recent departure of Jim Johnson Buster: It really wasn't a surprise just based on how many other teams I talked to were saying the the Orioles were aggressively shopping Jim Johnson.
The first three-team trade of the offseason has gone off, as the biggest name moving is closer Heath Bell to the Tampa Bay Rays .
On the day he was named Major League Baseball Executive of the Year for 2013, A's general manager Billy Beane continued to reshape the team for 2014 with the addition of veteran outfielder Craig Gentry from Texas.
So the Mariners' first move of the offseason is to sign free agent Willie Bloomquist.
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Lost in Monday night's 11th-hour drama that saw the Orioles trade closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland A's were several roster moves the club also made prior to the midnight tender deadline.
The Oakland Athletics have acquired AL saves leader Jim Johnson from the Baltimore Orioles for infielder Jemile Weeks and a player to be named.
Despite a hot rookie season in 2011, Jemile Weeks never quite materialized in the star infielder that the A's were hoping for, and tonight, the team has dealt Weeks to the Baltimore Orioles for closer Jim Johnson, while Oakland will also trade a player to be named later.
The Oakland Athletics made another high-profile move on Monday, acquiring closer Jim Johnson from the Baltimore Orioles for second baseman Jemile Weeks.