Kelly Johnson and the Diamondbacks avoid arbitration

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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.

Michael Conforto unlikely to be on the Mets’ Opening Day roster

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters today that it was “unlikely” that Michael Conforto will make the opening roster.

Not shocking given the shoulder surgery he had back in September, but given that he seems to be recovering more quickly than first anticipated, it was worth Alderson’s time to make the announcement. Indeed, back in December it was not expected that he’d see much if any game action at all during spring training, but here he is, playing DH today in the Mets game against the Cardinals.

Conforto missed the last six weeks of the 2017 season with a left shoulder injury and underwent surgery in early September to repair a tear of the posterior capsule in his shoulder. He finished the season batting .279/.384/.555 with 27 home runs and 68 RBI in 440 plate appearances. By the looks of things, he should be back some time in April.