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Jays and D-Backs Swap Second Basemen

It appears as though the Diamondbacks are gearing up to hold onto their lead in the NL West and surge into the postseason. Arizona executed a trade with the Blue Jays on Monday in which they swapped struggling second basemen. Toronto acquired Kelly Johnson and sent Aaron Hill to the desert.

Hill is just two seasons removed from the best year of his career, when he posted a .286/376/108 line and made his only All-Star team. He has struggled thus far in 2011, batting just .225 and having serious trouble rediscovering his batting stroke. If he can find the form that he showed in 2009, the Diamondbacks just got a lot better. That's a real question mark, though.

Johnson is a very good defensive second baseman who has some pop, as evidenced by his 18 home runs. He, too, has had trouble locking in his stroke this season, and his .209 batting average is one of the worst in baseball.

It seems as though the Jays and D-Backs swapped the same exact guy, but from a contractual standpoint that couldn't be any less accurate. Johnson is scheduled to become a free agent following the 2011 campaign, while Hill has several years of options remaining. Clearly,financial issues were a huge part of this deal.

Also, a lot of people aren't talking about the third player in this deal, and the guy that I think is probably the most significant name involved. While not much of a hitter, John McDonald will become an invaluable piece of the puzzle for the D-Backs, who now have a guy they can plug into any infield spot and get superb defense. Shortstop in Arizona has been a bit of a circus since Stephen Drew went down for the season with a broken ankle, and McDonald could be the guy who stabilizes the position with outstanding defense.

All in all, I like the trade for the D-Backs. It shows they are serious about contending, and that they recognize that infield defense was paramount to continuing their successful run.

What do you think of the move? Tweet me @rwags614.

It appears as though the Diamondbacks are gearing up to hold onto their lead in the NL West and surge into the postseason. Arizona executed a trade with the Blue Jays on Monday in which they swapped struggling second basemen. Toronto acquired Kelly Johnson and sent Aaron Hill to the desert.

Hill is just two seasons removed from the best year of his career, when he posted a .286/376/108 line and made his only All-Star team. He has struggled thus far in 2011, batting just .225 and having serious trouble rediscovering his batting stroke. If he can find the form that he showed in 2009, the Diamondbacks just got a lot better. That's a real question mark, though.

Johnson is a very good defensive second baseman who has some pop, as evidenced by his 18 home runs. He, too, has had trouble locking in his stroke this season, and his .209 batting average is one of the worst in baseball.

It seems as though the Jays and D-Backs swapped the same exact guy, but from a contractual standpoint that couldn't be any less accurate. Johnson is scheduled to become a free agent following the 2011 campaign, while Hill has several years of options remaining. Clearly,financial issues were a huge part of this deal.

Also, a lot of people aren't talking about the third player in this deal, and the guy that I think is probably the most significant name involved. While not much of a hitter, John McDonald will become an invaluable piece of the puzzle for the D-Backs, who now have a guy they can plug into any infield spot and get superb defense. Shortstop in Arizona has been a bit of a circus since Stephen Drew went down for the season with a broken ankle, and McDonald could be the guy who stabilizes the position with outstanding defense.

All in all, I like the trade for the D-Backs. It shows they are serious about contending, and that they recognize that infield defense was paramount to continuing their successful run.

What do you think of the move? Tweet me @rwags614.