HOUSTON TX - JULY 27:Chris Johnson #23 of the Houston Astros claps as he scores in the seventh inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Minute Maid Park on July 27, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Pittsburgh wins 6-5. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) July 29, 2012
The makeover at third base continues. Five days after trading Ryan Roberts to Tampa, the D'Backs have acquired Astros third baseman Chris Johnson for prospects Marc Krauss and Bobby Borchering. It is likely he will slot into the starting third base role, and another roster move will be forthcoming to make room on the roster. Johnson has been hitting .279/.329/.428 with 8 Home Runs and has been worth 0.5 bWAR so far this year for the Astros. It screams "Average", but average is better than what the D'Backs have been getting from the hot corner this season.
In return, The D'Backs send Borchering and Krauss, who were first and second round picks in the 2009 draft, respectively and were both in Double-A Mobile. Borchering was recently promoted, and had been struggling, hitting only .180. Krauss was low on the outfield depth chart, behind guys like Adam Eaton and A.J Pollock. According to Nick Piecoro, those two were never held in high esteem by the Kevin Towers regime, and perhaps a move to the Astros organization will be a fresh start for them.
We will report on the corresponding roster move when it happens.