Astros keep on dealing, send Johnson to Arizona

The Astros traded third baseman Chris Johnson to the D-backs on Sunday in exchange for Minor League infielder Bobby Borchering and outfielder  Marc Krauss.

“It was pretty emotional in the room when I got called in,” said Johnson, who was drafted by the Astros in the fourth round in the 2006 Draft. “I knew when they called me out of the cage something had happened. We knew there were 26 guys here today and there had to be a roster move.

“This is tough. This is all I’ve known since 2006 when I was drafted. I called this place home and I moved here. It’s definitely tough, but that’s the way the game goes. I’m excited to move on to the Arizona Diamondbacks.”

Borchering, 21, was the D-backs first pick in the 2009 MLB First Year Player Draft while Krauss, 24, was taken in the second round of the 2009 Draft.

Borchering (6-3, 200) has played in 102 games combined at Class A Visalia and Double-A Mobile  in 2012, tallying 23 doubles, 20 home runs and 68 RBI. In 2011, he had 29 doubles, 24 homers and 92 RBI for Visalia. He attended Bishop Verot High School, the same high school Johnson attended years earlier

Krauss (6-2, 230) hit .283 in 104 games at Mobile with 15 home runs and 61 RBIs with a .416 on-base pct. and a .509 slugging percentage. Krauss, who was invited to the D-backs Major League camp in Spring Training this year, was a California League All-Star in 2012 at Visalia after hitting .302 in 138 games with 27 doubles, 25 home runs, 87 RBIs and a .509 slugging percentage.

Johnson hit .279 in 92 games for the Astros this season with eight home runs and 41 RBIs.

— Brian McTaggart


It’s never fun to see guys that have been with the team for so long go, but this wasn’t too surprising. Sad to see CJ go, but wish him the best of luck in Arizona!

Johnson was expendable. He was NOT going to be the everyday
3rd. baseman for this team……and he knew it. Although, I have to
admit his anger issues and temper tantrums seemed to get better
this year. He’s going to a good team, who might be in the hunt for
a wild card, so I hope he does well. He had worn out his welcome
in Houston.

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