In a shocking move, the Toronto Blue Jays have traded second baseman Aaron Hill to the Arizona Diamondbacks along with infielder John McDonald, in exchange for struggling second baseman Kelly Johnson.
Hill this season has been pretty non-existent after his silver slugger season of 36 home runs and 108 RBI's, along with a .286 average. This season he's batting a paltry .225 with six home runs and 45 RBI's.
McDonald's value was not with the bat, but with the glove. McDonald was a wizard with the glove and his defence will definitely be missed in Toronto.
As for Kelly Johnson, he's actually hitting worse than Hill at a .218 clip, however he still has some power numbers of 18 home runs and 49 RBI's this season.
Johnson is set to become a free agent at season's end, so his stay in Toronto will likely be a short one. The Blue Jays should be receiving yet another compensation pick for the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft.
In another move, the Jays have recalled Brian Jeroloman to fill the void left by McDonald. Jeroloman is batting a cool .240 this season in the minors with only two home runs.
With this move complete, it will pave the way for Cuban star infielder Adeiny Hechavarria to likely make an impact with the organization next year as the team's second baseman, or if they decide to in the camp, move Yunel Escobar to second and start Hechavarria at short.
Hechavarria is hitting well over .400 in Triple-A Las Vegas at the moment, and has impressed the brain trust enough to warrant a trade of such magnitude this late into the season.
Jays fans everywhere wish Hill and Johnny Mac the best and hope to see Mac back with the Jays someday.
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