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Kelly Johnson and the Diamondbacks avoid arbitration

Feb 15, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

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Kelly Johnson and the Diamondbacks had an arbitration hearing scheduled for tomorrow, but the two sides have avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $5.8 million.

Johnson requested $6.5 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $4.7 million, so they compromised at $200,000 more than the midpoint.

Atlanta non-tendered Johnson last offseason rather than commit to paying him around $3.5 million and he resurrected his career on a one-year, $2.35 million deal with Arizona, hitting .284 with career-highs in homers (26), steals (13), runs (96), and OPS (.865) while staying healthy for 154 games.

This is Johnson’s third and final season of arbitration eligibility, so a repeat of his 2010 performance would put him in position to cash in big as a 30-year-old free agent.

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