Diamondbacks News

Johnson Back in the Fold

By Scott Allen

Kelly Johnson that is.  Johnson, the starting second baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks, avoided arbitration today and signed a one-year contract.  Thank goodness.  We are going to need his power!

Johnson, who hit an amazing 26 homers in 2010, was the key to retaining what little power the Dbacks had left in their lineup.  Take him out, you really only have Chris Young and Justin Upton.  Johnson should play his worth and more.  He signed a reported $5.85 million contract.  If he has another season like last, look for more extensions.

Just last season Johnson was rumored to be on the trading block.  Many of us didn’t want to see him go, but the writing was practically on the wall.  The same happened with Adam Laroche.  The Dbacks decided to wait until the off-season to let him go.  Johnson apparently was a keeper.  The Dbacks, in my opinion, made a great move here.