The #Athletics have acquired Orioles closer Jim Johnson in exchange for infielder Jemile Weeks and a player to be named later.
— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) December 3, 2013
This move surprises me because Beane is the ultimate "don't put too much value in relievers/closers" guy. Hell he basically wrote the book about letting closers leave or trading them when they still had value. Now he's the guy who's trading for a closer with 11 million left on his contract when he could have taken a flier on Grant Balfour or Brian Wilson in free agency? Shocking.
As for the Orioles, Jemile Weeks could be a steal for them. Weeks had a great debut for the A's in 2011 but fell off badly in 2012. He can still improve if he becomes a little more patient at the plate. He'll only be 27 when the season debuts and could become an important bench player for the Orioles and probably even start at 2nd base when Brian Roberts gets hurt again.
Just a perplexing move by Beane.