D-backs not done yet

The D-backs have solidified their bullpen and given their starting rotation a new look this offseason.

Their work, however, is not done yet.

With about $3 million left in their budget, the D-backs have an offer out to free agent Kelly Johnson and expect to hear in the next couple of days whether the former Braves’ second baseman will accept it.

Johnson is a player the D-backs have long liked. Though he has played some outfield, Arizona appear to be interested in Johnson as a second baseman.

If Johnson were to accept their offer and get the starting nod at second, the D-backs could shift Tony Abreu into a utility infield role. That would make infielder Augie Ojeda expendable. The team learned during the Winter Meetings that there is interest in Ojeda so moving him would probably not be a problem.

The D-backs could also elect to keep Ojeda initially and give Abreu more seasoning at the Triple-A level.

Even though signing Johnson would put them at their budget, the D-backs could wind up with some wiggle room if they were able to trade Chris Snyder and the $4.75 million he is owed next season. The D-backs had agreed to trade Snyder to Toronto earlier during the offseason in exchange for first baseman Lyle Overbay, but the Blue Jays backed out of the deal due to concerns about Snyder’s surgically repaired back.

The D-backs will also continue to monitor the free agent market to see if one of the prices fall for some players as Spring Training approaches.

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2 Comments

Why do we want an at best average fielder and an anemic bat? We have enough of those already……..

As a Brave fan, I can say this would be a great move for Arizona. Kelly Johnson is a good player, he is a legitimate .270/15/60/.380 hitter, with improving defense, and an excellent baserunner with excellent speed. It was wasted under Bobby Cox, who NEVER steals bases anymore.

Kelly Johnson wore out his stay in Atlanta simply because of his inconsistency. If he’s healthy and consistent, he can put up the same type of offensive numbers top 2nd base free agent, and former Diamondback, Orlando Hudson.

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