(HOUSTON) — The Astros continue to build their team as the team has traded third baseman Chris Johnson to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for two minor leaguers.
Johnson was having a very nice season for the Astros despite the teams shortcomings. In his first season as a true everyday player, Johnson hit .279 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs. He has been with the Astros since he made his Major League debut back in 2009.
Johnson was surprised to learn he had been dealt.
“I know that’s strange to say because it seems like everyone is being traded here,” Johnson said. “When they called me out to the cage, I was in shock. I didn’t know what to do. This is all pretty new to me.”
Johnson wasn’t kidding when he said everyone is getting traded. This was the team’s fifth trade this month. Johnson joins Brett Myers, Carlos Lee, J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon, and Wandy Rodriguez as players recently dealt by the team.
In exchange for Johnson, Houston received minor league infield Bobby Borchering and minor league outfielder Marc Krauss.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN