D’Backs, Kelly Johnson Avoid Arbitration

The Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with Kelly Johnson and agreed to a one-year deal, the team announced. Johnson will earn $5.85MM next year, according to the AP (via the Boston Herald). As our Arb Tracker shows, Johnson asked for $6.5MM and the D'Backs countered with a $4.7MM offer.

The Braves non-tendered Johnson before last season and he responded with career-highs in homers (26) and slugging percentage (.496). He added 36 doubles and a .370 OBP while playing second base. Johnson, 28, earned $2.35MM last year. He is set to hit free agency after the 2011 season.

Only four arbitration eligible players remain unsigned for 2011: Jose Bautista, Hunter Pence, Rickie Weeks and Delmon Young.

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