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Diamondbacks close to deal with Kelly Johnson

The Diamondbacks are meeting with free agent second baseman Kelly Johnson for a physical today, which would finalize the one year deal worth 2 million dollars they already have in place.

Johnson, 27, will take over the primary duties at second base, despite a disappointing 2009 season.


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2009 - Kelly Johnson 106 303 47 68 20 3 8 29 32 54 7 2 .224 .303 .389

Johnson has had success in the past, and perhaps a change of scenery will benefit the left-handed infielder.

The Diamondbacks could try to use Johnson in a platoon role, considering he is a career .299 hitter versus lefties. Ryan Roberts and Tony Abreu could share the duties versus right-handers, considering the switch-hitting Abreu has hit .288 versus righties in 132 at-bats.