Diamondbacks agree to terms with infielder Kelly JohnsonPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX - The following is a release from the Arizona Diamondbacks:
The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with infielder Kelly Johnson on a one-year contract, as announced by D-backs Executive Vice President and General Manager Josh Byrnes. Consistent with team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“We believe Kelly will return to form after a down 2009 season,” Byrnes said. “He has a strong track record of hitting. He will help lengthen our lineup.”
Johnson, 27, hit .224 (68-for-303) with 47 runs scored, 20 doubles, 3 triples, 8 home runs, 29 RBI, 32 walks and 7 stolen bases in 106 games for the Atlanta Braves last season. He batted .325 (26-for-80) against left-handed pitchers. As a pinch hitter, he hit .368 (7-for-19) with 6 walks. In the field, he appeared in 84 games (69 starts) at second base and compiled a .973 fielding percentage, committing 10 errors in 367 total chances. He was on the disabled list from July 3-23 with right wrist tendinitis.
Johnson was one of the better offensive second basemen in the National League from 2007-08 after combining for a .282 batting average and .813 OPS and averaging 14 home runs and 68 RBI. Over parts of four seasons in the Majors with the Braves (2005, 2007-09), he has batted .264 (439-for-1661) with 270 runs scored, 97 doubles, 22 triples, 45 home runs, 206 RBI, 203 walks and 29 stolen bases in 490 career games. As a pinch hitter, he has batted .318 (14-for-44) with 14 walks. In the field, he has appeared in 361 games (331 starts) at second base, posting a .978 fielding percentage with 38 errors in 1,692 total chances. He has also played 79 games (73 starts) in the outfield.