Found March 20, 2013 on
Toronto Blue Jays
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
Born: September 24, 1974
Drafted: 12th Round, 363rd Overall, 1996 (Indians)
How Acquired: Trade for PTBNL (from Diamondbacks)
College: Providence College
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
McDonald has made a career as a utility infielder with a very good glove and an exceptionally poor bat. Even at age 37 in 2012, both UZR and the +/- system rate him as well above average defensively at short. He’s also spent time at second and third. At the plate, he’s only once had an OPS+ above 79 (93 in 2010), with an anemic career mark of 61. He doesn’t hit for average or power, and seldom walks. The Pirates, apparently unsatisfied with their utility infield options, acquired McDonald for a PTBNL or cash from Arizona, which was looking to move him and his contract in favor of younger players.
A-: 270/354/331, 278 AB, 11 2B, 2 HR, 32 BB, 49 K, 11-12 SB
In his debut, McDonald played sho...
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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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.
McDonald, 38, is coming off a season where he hit .249/.295/.386 over 213 plate appearances...