The Diamondbacks Make a Trade
The Arizona Diamondbacks made it official; they are buyers! They made a trade for 3rd baseman Chris Johnson from the Houston Astros. In exchange the Astros received minor league outfielders Marc Krauss and Bobby Borchering. The 27-year-old Johnson will take over as the starting third baseman. Johnson was hitting .279 with the Astros and hit eight homeruns and 41 RBI(s). As for his fielding, he has made 13 errors in 733 innings. By bringing in Johnson the team got a younger player with power, who hits for average as well. He will hopefully stabilize the third base position for years to come.
The team has control of Johnson through 2017. He is not eligible for arbitration until the 2014 season. The change of scenery could do him a world of good as the Diamondbacks continue to push for a playoff spot. The move comes about a week after the team traded former third baseman Ryan Roberts to Tampa Bay. Third base has been an area of weakness for this team all season. Arizona third basemen have combined to hit .230 with an on-base percentage of .285. As you know the Diamondbacks have had a revolving door at 3rd base this season. With Johnson’s start, most likely in the Dodgers’ series, he will be the eighth player to have played 3rd base for the Diamondbacks this season.
The Diamondbacks dealt from an area of strength in their minor leagues; they are deep in the outfield position. While Krauss and Borchering were standouts at Mobile (AA level), the Diamondbacks still have prospects A.J. Pollock and Adam Eaton at (AAA level) Reno.
Let’s see if the Diamondbacks make any other trades before the Tuesday July 31st trading deadline. I hope to see you at the ballpark when the Diamondbacks come home on Friday August 10th.