August 2011

D-backs/Blue Jays Trade

The D-backs sent second baseman Kelly Johnson to the Blue Jays on Tuesday in exchange for infielders Aaron Hill and John McDonald.

Johnson was hitting .209 with 18 homers and 49 RBIs for Arizona.

Hill was hitting .225 with six homers and 45 RBIs for the Jays while McDonald was batting .250 with two homers and 20 RBIs.

D-backs come out winners at deadline

The early returns are in on the non-waiver trade deadline winners and losers and while their moves didn’t attract a lot of attention nationally in terms of big-named players, they certainly were winners.

Look, the D-backs could have made a big splash, could have gone out and gotten a bigger name for the rotation or the bullpen, but they simply were not going to trade their top tier prospects.

So at the end of the day, the team gave up very little — maybe infielder Zach Walters ends up being a contributor at the big league level — and made themselves better in two spots.

Jason Marquis will help shore up the backend of the rotation while Brad Ziegler gives them another option in the seventh inning, something the bullpen desperately needed.

Is it enough to catch the Giants? Time will tell, but they are certainly better Monday than they were on Sunday.