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Updated Aug 23, 2011 - 11:59 am

Diamondbacks trade Kelly Johnson to Toronto for Aaron Hill

Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill, top, leaps over Baltimore Orioles' Derrek Lee after forcing him out at second base during seventh-inning baseball game action in Toronto on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

The Arizona Diamondbacks made a move Tuesday, as Sports 620 KTAR's John Gambadoro reports the D-backs are sending Kelly Johnson to Toronto for shortstop John McDonald and second baseman Aaron Hill.

Johnson has struggled in his second season with the Diamondbacks, posting a .209 average with 18 home runs and 49 RBI.

He's seen his playing time -- and role -- diminish as the season has worn on, and with his contract expiring at the end of the year chances are he was not going to be brought back anyway.

Replacing Johnson is the 29-year-old Hill, who is hitting just .225 with six home runs and 45 RBI. He is one season removed from a 26 home run effort, and two from a 36 homer, 108 RBI campaign.

The other piece of the deal is the veteran McDonald, who has played parts of 13 Major League seasons with Cleveland, Detroit and Toronto. He's a career .240 hitter and will likely be used to give Willie Bloomquist the occasional day off.

McDonald's contract expires after this season while Hill has an $8 million team option with a $1 million buyout.

The Diamondbacks have to be hoping adding Hill will be just the shot in the arm their struggling lineup needs, as the team has scored just seven runs over its past six games -- all losses.


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