Johnson has never been the typical closer. He will be reupped in arbitration but I'd expect mgmt to finally follow through with past statements about his suitability for a spot in the rotation. With Gausman and Bundy likely best delayed until '15, and both Rodriguez and Wright nipping at their heals, the O's will need a bridge and augment to Tillman, Gonzalez and Chen next year. That's Norris and Johnson unless Duquette finds a turd to polish.
I'm torn on this. on one hand, he'll be pitching from the beginning of the game, so if he runs into trouble, it's not do or die time. he would have a few innings to work it out. but then I think, if he can't routinely go 1 inning without giving up runs, how can he pitch multiple innings? it seems like a recipe for burning out the BP by asking them to routinely relieve him in the 3rd and asked to hold the other team to their 6 run lead.
I know I'm exaggerating things. that's just the frustration that I won't be going to any playoff games at the yard this Oct.