The Orioles have made a one-year $13 million dollar offer to free agent pitcher Ervin Santana. The Birds have turned into that thrifty shopper hitting the malls on December 24th finding every last good deal on the shelf. They have added Ubaldo Jiminez and Nelson Cruz. They are going all in during this two-year window they have with Chris Davis and Matt Wieters before they hit free agency. That’s a good thing. But one thing everyone seems to have forgotten about is that during the previous two years, one of the biggest pieces of their winning puzzle is gone. And he has not been replaced. Jim Johnson and his 101 saves are in Oakland – given away for basically nothing. To save $10 million. The Orioles didn’t think he was worth it.
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 24: Pitcher Jim Johnson #43 of the Baltimore Orioles is relieved after walking batter Maicer Izturis #3 of the Toronto Blue Jays (not pictured) with the bases loaded and giving up the winning run in the eleventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 24, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Toronto Blue Jays won, 6-5. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)