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A's acquire Orioles closer Jim Johnson, add starter Scott Kazmir

  • Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Jim Johnson throws to the Texas Rangers in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 3-1. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

OAKLAND — In one productive day, Athletics general manager Billy Beane filled two important pitching voids.

The A's acquired AL saves leader Jim Johnson from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night as a replacement for All-Star closer Grant Balfour. That move came hours after free-agent left-hander Scott Kazmir agreed to terms on a $22 million, two-year contract.

Kazmir's deal is pending a physical, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't made a formal announcement.

As has long been Beane's December practice, he improved his team by trading away young talent developed through the farm system.

The A's got Johnson for infielder Jemile Weeks and a player to be named in the swap announced late Monday by both teams.


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