Tag:Kelly Johnson
Posted on: July 8, 2010 4:46 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:56 am

Who's on first? In Denver, lots of people

Chris Iannetta Todd Helton is 36 years old, looking at his second back-injury shortened season in three years, and a year away from free agency. So as much of a blow his latest trip to the DL is to the Rockies, it's also an opportunity to begin considering Life After Helton.

Since Helton has been out of action, Brad Eldred, called up from Triple-A, and Jason Giambi have started at first. But manager Jim Tracy said as many as five people could play first in Helton's absence. Catcher Chris Iannetta (pictured, after his walk-off home run Wednesday night) played some first base in college at North Carolina, and outfielder Brad Hawpe will be taking grounders at first as well. Melvin Mora also has appeared five times at first for the Rockies this year.

But the Rockies are playing well and in position to contend for the National League West, especially if the Padres' lack of offense catches up with them. Should Colorado be looking for a more significant addition? Giambi and Mora are long in the tooth, Hawpe is falling apart physically, Iannetta is batting .217 and needed behind the plate, and Eldred hasn't shown he can be a factor at the major league level yet.

If the Rockies think Helton's health is going to continue to be a factor, they might want to consider trading for someone like Baltimore's versatile Ty Wigginton or Arizona's Kelly Johnson, who would give them some options without breaking the bank.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: June 16, 2010 4:40 pm

Wheeling and dealing only just started in Arizona

Even when the Diamondbacks return from their roadtrip on Monday, players may not want to lose track of their bags -- Conor Jackson may have been the trendsetter in an exodus from the desert.

Arizona general manager Josh Byrnes told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that more moves are likely on the way.

"We aren't where we need to be in the standings and as far as sort of the things we'd like to do to adjust the roster, there's also payroll considerations as we try to sort of get ready for next year," Byrnes said.

One of the team's most valuable trade pieces is starter Dan Haren. Haren tells Piecoro he likes the team's talent, but not the way they've played. Arizona is already 12 games behind the Padres in the National League West and 13 games below .500, so this team is contending anytime soon. Haren has two years left on his four-year, $44.75 million contract. His salary bumps up from $8.25 million this season to $12.75 million in both of the next two seasons, with a club option for 2013.

The Diamondbacks have plenty of young talent, and Haren said he'd like to stick around.

"That said, at this point in my career, I probably wouldn't want to be part of something like that," Haren told the newspaper. "Then again, I haven't really won anything since 2006 and I also want to win."

First baseman Adam LaRoche could be traded, but his 2011 mutual option ($1.5 million buyout) increases from $7.5 million to $9.5 million if traded, so he'd likely be a one-year rental.

Other trade options include closer Chad Qualls and second baseman Kelly Johnson.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 10:16 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2010 10:20 pm

Could Johnson be next Diamondback traded?

Kelly Johnson Kelly Johnson has been one of the biggest surprises of the 2010 season, getting the season started off with 13 home runs and a .282/.383/.546 line.

Now he may be on the way out.

FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports that an industry source believes Johnson may be the next DBack dealt on the heels of the trade of Conor Jackson. A trade of Johnson wouldn't harm the Diamondbacks in terms of depth at second base as Tony Abreu has just been activated off the disabled list and is considered by many to be Arizona's second baseman of the future.

The former Brave was non-tendered then inked by the Diamondbacks to a one-year deal wirth $2.35 million. The club also holds the right to retain Johnson's services in 2011 via arbitration, as Johnson will not have enough service time to qualify for free agency. This bolsters Johnson's trade value, and the Diamondbacks should be able to get a significant piece (or pieces) in return for Johnson should teams come calling.

Teams that might be interested in Johnson include:
  • Angels. Their losses -- especially on offense -- have been well-documented. Acquiring Johnson, who also has the ability to play left field, could go a long way in ensuring their offense lasts for the rest of the season. Current second baseman Howie Kendrick is struggling to produce.
  • Rockies. The Diamondbacks would likely be OK with dealing with an intradivision rival because Arizona is out of it already. The Rockies have Clint Barmes currently manning second and Eric Young, Jr. on the shelf. Acquiring Johnson would deepen Colorado's offense.
  • Cardinals. St. Louis is trying to win, and Skip Schumaker's .240/.305/.308 line is making it difficult for it to. The Cards are already struggling to generate offense out of shortstop.
  • Tigers. Detroit already cut bait with Adam Everett because of his incapability of hitting the broad side of a barn with his bat out of the shortstop position. It also demoted Scott Sizemore, who entered the season as a rookie second baseman, for lack of production. The Tigers' players up the middle now consist of Carlos Guillen -- playing second for the first time since 1999 and with only 12 career games coming into the year -- and Danny Worth. Johnson would certainly bring thump.
  • Athletics. The A's are trying to return to respectability and are right in the thick of things for the division race. Offense has been a problem in Oakland for the last few years, though, and Cliff Pennington at shortstop is giving nothing of value. While Mark Ellis is producing capably at second base, he's not a long-term answer and has battled injuries in recent years.
  • Mets. That's assuming New York can somehow wiggle out of Luis Castillo's deal, which they have been trying to do for years. But the Mets certainly need offense as well, and would love to fit Johnson's 13 home runs -- which would lead the Mets -- into their lineup.
-- Evan Brunell

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