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Updated Jul 30, 2012 - 9:29 am

D-backs acquire 3B Chris Johnson from Astros

Houston Astros' Chris Johnson celebrates as he heads to home plate for a run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Friday, July 27, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Kayne)

The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired third baseman Chris Johnson from the Houston Astros in exchange for minor league outfielders Marc Krauss and Bobby Borchering.

"If you look at his numbers they've been pretty consisent numbers over the years," D-backs General Manager Kevin Towers said. "He's got power and I think this ballpark will help him."

The 27-year-old third baseman hit .279 with eight home runs and 41 RBI in 92 games with Houston this season. He ranked second on the Astros in RBI and third in batting average.

"A lot of people talk about his similarity to [San Diego Padres third baseman Chase] Headley, except he's not a switch-hitter," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said before Sunday's game against the Mets. "He's had a pretty good season and he's still fairly young. We see a lot of potential in him."

The 6'3", 222-pound right-hander is a career .274 hitter with 26 home runs and 136 RBI in 304 games with the Astros from 2009-2012.

The D-backs, who have struggled to find the answer at the hot corner this season, hope Johnson can fill the void going forward.

"We believe he's going to help us obviously, make us a stronger and better team," Gibson said. "There's room for improvement. We like to think if we could plug him into a good environment that he would get even better."

Krauss hit .283 with 15 home runs and 61 RBI in 104 games with Double-A Mobile, while Borchering combined to hit .247 with 20 longballs and 68 RBIs in 102 games between Single-A Visalia and Double-A Mobile.


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