Arizona agrees to 1-year deal with 2B Johnson
The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with second
baseman Kelly Johnson on a one-year contract.
General manager Josh Byrnes says he believes Johnson “will
return to form after a down 2009 season” and “has a strong track
record for hitting.”
Johnson hit just .224 with eight homers and 29 RBIs in 106 games
for the Atlanta Braves last season, but batted .325 against
left-handers and .368 (7 for 19) as a pinch hitter.
In the previous two seasons, Johnson hit .282. In parts of four
seasons with the Braves, Johnson batted .264 with 97 doubles, 45
homers and 206 RBIs, with 29 stolen bases.
The 27-year-old player has appeared in 361 major league games as
a second baseman, compiling a .978 fielding percentage, with an
additional 79 games as an outfielder.