The Baltimore Orioles completed a trade just prior to last night’s midnight deadline for teams to tender contracts to players. The Birds sent closer Jim Johnson to Oakland in exchange for second baseman Jemile Weeks, and a minor league player to be named later. Weeks, a switch-hitter, hit .111 in ten at-bats with Oakland in 2013, striking out five times. For his career at the major league level, he’s a .258 hitter over 223 big league appearances. Weeks also has a career .974 fielding percentage at the big league level as a second baseman, and a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in limited appearances in the outfield.
This boils down to a salary dump more than anything else, which is something that we’ll debate in the next day or so. However for the time
being all that needs to be said is that Johnson will be an Oakland Athletic in 2014. Will Weeks compete for the second base job in Baltimore? How will the Orioles use the $10 million in savings on Johnson’s salary? Again, this will all be covered moving forward in the coming days.