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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Diamondbacks traded veteran infielder John McDonald to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday. McDonald was informed of the trade Wednesday morning and cleared out his locker at Salt River Fields before saying goodbyes to teammates and staff.
The Diamondbacks have not confirmed who they received in return.
McDonald, 38, came to the D-backs in an Aug. 2011 trade that also brought back second baseman Aaron Hill and sent Kelly Johnson to the Blue Jays. McDonald was part of the 2011 D-backs team that won the NL West before falling to the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round of the playoffs.
The D-backs signed McDonald to a two-year contract in November 2011. A career .239 hitter, McDonald batted .230 in 89 games with the D-backs, compiling 24 RBI, six home runs and a .278 on-base percentage.
McDonald was a versatile, steady backup infielder whose work ethic and clubhouse presence were valued by the D-backs. He committed just one error last year while playing 54 games at shortstop last season, five at third base and four at second base. Advanced fielding metrics graded him as posting a 1.2 defensive wins above replacement, one of the best marks on the roster.
McDonald's career began with the Cleveland Indians in 1999. He later spent time with Toronto, Detroit and Toronto again before the trade to Arizona.
The trade leaves the Diamondbacks with three middle infielders: Hill, Cliff Pennington and Willie Bloomquist. Bloomquist can also serve as a backup to third baseman Martin Prado.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks traded shortstop John McDonald to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for a player to be named or cash, giving the Pirates some much-needed infield depth.
The trade came two days after Pirates backup shortstop Chase d'Arnaud, injured in a rundown drill earlier, had surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb. He is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks....
The Pirates, bolstering their infield depth, acquired John McDonald from the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, according to a major-league source.
The return for the D-Backs was not immediately known.
The Pirates needed infield help. Chase d'Arnaud had surgery Tuesday after suffering a partially torn thumb ligament. He's expected to miss six to eight weeks.
McDonald, 38, was...
Born: September 24, 1974
Drafted: 12th Round, 363rd Overall, 1996 (Indians)
How Acquired: Trade for PTBNL (from Diamondbacks)
College: Providence College
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Source: #Pirates acquire IF John McDonald from #Diamondbacks.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 20, 2013
Ken Rosenthal first reported that the Pirates and Diamondbacks have agreed to a trade that will send utility infielder John McDonald to the Bucs for a player to be named later or cash.
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