Diamondbacks trade Kelly Johnson

Updated: August 24, 2011, 4:06 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks tried everything to give second baseman Kelly Johnson a spark, from pep talks to days off.

With Johnson eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season and the team in dire need of an offensive spark, the Diamondbacks decided to go in a different direction.

Arizona traded the struggling Johnson to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, picking up second baseman Aaron Hill and infielder John McDonald in return.

"He's struggled to ...

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