The Houston Astros traded third baseman Chris Johnson to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a pair of minor league prospects.
The Astros acquired infielder Bobby Borchering, the Diamondbacks first-round pick in the 2009 draft and outfielder Marc Krauss, who was taken in the second round by Arizona also in 2009.
Johnson has been in the Astros organization since Houston drafted him in the fourth round in 2006.
Since 2009 Johnson has played in 304 games in the big leagues.
This season he is hitting .279 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs.
Shortly after being traded Johnson said his emotions were running wild.
"Changing every second," Johnson said. "I was pretty emotional in the room when I got called in.
"I knew right when he called me out of the (batting) cage something had happened. We all knew there were 26 guys here today. There had to be a roster move and it wasn't somebody getting sent down."
Johnson said it's not easy leaving the Astros.
"It was tough," Johnson said. "This is all I've known since 2006 when I was drafted. I called this place home. It's definitely tough, but that's the way the game goes.
"Excited to move on to the Arizona Diamondbacks."
Johnson said he is disappointed he will not be with the Astros when they turn things around.
The club has the worst record in baseball over the last two seasons.
"I've worked my way up with a lot of these guys in here, and going through the things that we've gone through the past two seasons is something that brings us really close together," Johnson said.
"I apologized to the guys that (I'm) not here to stick this thing out the rest of the way, but I wish them the best."