HOUSTON - JULY 23: Chris Johnson #23 of the Houston Astros makes a diving catch on line drive down the third baseline by Chris Heisey #28 of the Cincinnati Reds in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park on July 23, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired third baseman Chris Johnson from the Houston Astros in exchange for minor league outfielders Marc Krauss and Bobby Borchering, the two teams announced on Sunday. The deal helps to bolster Arizona's infield while the Astros add a pair of intriguing young corner bats.
Johnson, 27, has hit .279/.329/.428 with 21 doubles and eight home runs over 341 plate appearances with Houston this year. Overall, he's been pretty inconsistent during his big league career, but his .274/.314/.421 career numbers are essentially league average.
Unfortunately, Johnson isn't a particularly good defender, so the Diamondbacks are primarily getting an upgrade on offense here. He does give them a full-time option, though, ending the carousel of mediocre options that have passed through the position lately.
For the Astros, this has to be considered a pretty strong return. Johnson looked totally lost at the plate this season, and while he's bounced back, he's still a poor defender that has a ton of swing-and-miss in his offensive game. Krauss and Borchering aren't elite prospects, but they're both solid and Krauss has huge numbers in Double-A this year: .280/.413/.506 with 15 homers and 73 walks.