O’s reportedly agree on deal with Johnson
The Orioles have reportedly come to an agreement for a one-year deal with reliever Steve Johnson, according to a report from MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The Minor League deal comes with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
The 27-year-old Baltimore native appeared in 21 games for the O’s between 2012-13, compiling a 5-1 record and 3.67 ERA. He underwent surgery early this fall to remove a bone spur from his right shoulder and Kubatko reports that Johnson “has been pain-free while playing catch.”
According to the report, the Phillies, Mariners and Blue Jays were among the other teams to express interest in Johnson, whom Kubatko says is expected to begin the season in the bullpen of Baltimore’s Triple-A team in Norfolk. He spent the majority of his 2014 season there, posting a 7.11 ERA over 38 innings (13 appearances) while batting injury.
— Joey Nowak