Johnson not concerned about arbitration

Johnson not concerned about arbitration
January 19, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Jim Johnson says he’s not concerned about coming to terms with the Orioles.

He was one of three Orioles—Jason Hammel and Darren O’Day were the others—who did not come to terms before Friday.

The two sides exchanged figures. Johnson asked for $7.1 million, and the Orioles countered with $5.7 million. If there’s no agreement, an arbitration hearing will be held early next month.

“You know how this stuff always plays out,” Johnson said. “They do their thing. My agents do theirs. I get a phone call in a week or so and
‘OK, this is where it’s at, and it’s done.’”

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said he preferred not to go to arbitration.

Johnson, who led the majors in saves with 51, is the team’s player rep, but he’s not spending a lot of time on the negotiations.

“You do what you do and you trust the counsel you put together,” Johnson said.