PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks acquired third baseman Chris Johnson from the Astros on Sunday, bolstering a position that has seen limited production all season.
The trade, which was announced early Sunday to explain Johnson's absence from the Astros lineup, sends D-backs minor league outfielders Marc Krauss and Bobby Borchering to Houston. The D-backs drafted Borchering, a 21-yeard old switch hitter, in the first round (16th overall) in 2009 and Krauss, 24, in the second round of the same draft.
Johnson, 27, hit .279 with eight homers, 21 doubles and 41 RBIs in 92 games for the Astros this season. For his career, Johnson is batting .274 with a .314 on-base percentage and a .735 OPS. He will join the D-backs in Los Angeles for their three-game series with the Dodgers that begins Monday.
D-backs players had only just heard of the trade Sunday morning and could not offer much insight on the impact their new teammate might have, but they seem to recognize that he could provide some...