July 26, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros infielder Chris Johnson (23) bats in the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

D-backs Acquire Chris Johnson


The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired third baseman Chris Johnson from the Houston Astros on Sunday in exchange for minor league outfielders Marc Krauss and Bobby Borchering.

The 27-year-old was hitting .279 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs through 92 games with Houston this season. With Johnson, the team has control of Johnson through 2017, with Johnson not eligible for arbitration till the 2014 season.

The move came just five days after the team traded former third baseman Ryan Roberts to Tampa Bay. Third base has been an area of weakness for the team all season, as Arizona third baseman have combined to hit .230 with an on-base percentage of .285. Arizona coach Kirk Gibson has been forced to use a combination of Willie Bloomquist and recent call up Ryan Wheeler to start at third since the Roberts trade.

By bringing in Johnson, the team got a younger player with power, who hits for average, and handles the third base position well. He will hopefully stabalize the third base position for years to come.

Johnson will be joining up with the team in Los Angeles on Monday as the team opens up a three game series with the division leading Dodgers.

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Tags: Bobby Borchering Chris Johnson Marc Krauss Ryan Roberts Ryan Wheeler Willie Bloomquist

  • Noah Dougherty

    The thing I’m interested to see is who gets sent down/ released with the arrival of Johnson…you’d have to think it’s McDonald right? Unless they feel like stock piling their infield and send down another reliever? I vote Zagurski.

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