PHOENIX -- There is plenty of upside for pitcher Jim Johnson in his new role with the A's, not the least of which is getting to close games for a two-time A.L. West champion.
But he'll probably have to give up his Screen Actors Guild card.
Johnson appears in Season 2 of Netflix's House of Cards along with former Orioles teammate Nate McLouth, in large part because he was a big name not far from Washington, where the series is located.
"They were shooting a scene at Camden Yards," Johnson said of his time on the small screen. "I had a couple of lines, but they cut them out. It's crazy how the whole thing works. They shoot (scenes) for hours and hours and then they just use two minutes.''
That actually should work for Johnson, who in saving 101 games for the Orioles the last two seasons, had saves that didn't take much longer than that.
The A's claimed Savery on Monday on waivers from the Phillies, who needed roster space after signing starter A.J. Burnett.
The A's are looking for left-handed depth in the bullpen, and Savery throws 90-93 mph while mixing in a slider. He is competing for a spot with Fernando Abad, who was acquired this winter from the Nationals.
Sean Doolittle is assured of a job in the A's bullpen, while Tommy Milone, primarily a starter, could wind up in relief. The A's also have Eric O'Flaherty, who spent the 2013 season with the Atlanta Braves but is currently on the 60-day disabled list recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Jim Johnson is in line to take over Oakland's revolving door at the closer spot. Here's a look at the A's saves leaders over the last 10 seasons:
Year Closer Saves
2013 Grant Balfour 38
2012 Balfour 24
2011 Andrew Bailey 24
2010 Bailey 25
2009 Bailey 26
2008 Huston Street 18
2007 Alan Embree 17
2006 Street 37
2005 Street 23
2004 Octavio Dotel 22