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.