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The seemingly unbelievable rumors from earlier today are actually true: The Cleveland Indians have re-acquired former infielder John McDonald from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The team announced the trade in a tweet Monday evening before their 8 p.m. game in Arlington against the Texas Rangers. In exchange for McDonald, who was batting 2-for-31 on the season in 16 games for the Pirates, the Indians will send over a player-to-be-named-later and/or cash considerations.
McDonald, 38, was a fan favorite during his years with the Tribe. Drafted by the team in the 12th round back in 1996, he advanced up the system through Akron and Buffalo, then made his MLB debut with the Indians in 1999. Serving as an occasional defensive backup for Omar Vizquel and others, the slick-fielding shortstop batted .231/.269/.308 in 285 games with Cleveland through 2004.
He has then traveled the league ever since, most notably spending seven years with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was then with the Arizona Diamondbacks the past two seasons before signing a free-agent deal with Pittsburgh. Dating back to 2003, among the 45 shortstops with at least 3,000 innings logged, McDonald ranks eight in UZR/150.
Obviously, Cleveland feels more confident in McDonald’s defensive abilities than 24-year-old Juan Diaz, who has been up with the team ever since Asdrubal Cabrera went down with his injury last week. Diaz is similarly inept offensively and was only batting .211/.275/.316 in 52 games for Triple-A Columbus this season. He has not yet appeared in a game for the Indians in 2003. He’ll likely move back down to the minors shortly.
To create space on the 40-man roster, the Indians transferred right-hander Brett Myers to the 60-day disabled list. Myers was initially placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 20th with right elbow tendonitis, so this likely gives the team at least an extra 10 days to make any further roster decisions. Last we heard from Myers, who signed a $7-million deal in the offseason, there were murmurs he could eventually shift to the bullpen once healthy enough to return to the majors.
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Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez and his wife, Melanie, have reportedly pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor drug possession charges. The criminal complaints are in regard to the controlled substance investigation from roughly one week ago where Perez’ home received what was reported as one-third of a pound of marijuana through the United States mail service.
Two packages were...
Lonnie Chisenhall: 3B, Columbus Clippers: 3-for-5, 3 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI:
Psssst. Terry Francona. Have you noticed this kid Chisenhall? He’s a third baseman, and he’s played big league baseball before. It was even this year. He struggled, and got sent down to Columbus. Since that day, Chisenhall has hit in 19 of 21 games, including a 16 game hit streak that was ended on Saturday...
Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.
***Special Note: Due to a monsoon that apparently crossed the nation, the only game played tonight was by the Columbus affiliate.
Tim Fedroff: LF, Columbus Clippers: 3-for-3, 2 R...
Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco has had his suspension for throwing at a hitter reduced from eight to seven games.
He began serving it Sunday. Carrasco was initially suspended for eight games in April for ''intentionally throwing'' at New York's Kevin Youkilis but was able to keep pitching because an appeal was pending.
Carrasco was sent to the...
DETROIT (AP) -- Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco has had his suspension for throwing at a hitter reduced from eight to seven games.
He began serving it Sunday. Carrasco was initially suspended for eight games in April for "intentionally throwing" at New York's Kevin Youkilis but was able to keep pitching because an appeal was pending.
Carrasco was sent...
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The Carolina Mudcats have been that enigmatic team that has been able to hit the ball, but haven’t been able to hit the ball when it counts. Combine that with a struggling pitching staff, and you have a team that has the worst record in the Carolina League...
The Indians' road trip from hell (or has it been TO hell, in the form of multiple cities?) reached its final stop Monday, as the Indians traveled to Texas for three. Their lone left-handed starter pitched well, and they received the kind of clutch hit they've been so desperately searching for. But none of that is enough when you're going as poorly as this team is."...
ZEBULON – After rain postponed the series opener, the Carolina Mudcats and Potomac Nationals played a double header on Tuesday. Carolina broke their six-game losing streak with an 11-3 victory in game one, but dropped game two 3-1 to split the doubleheader. Both games were seven innings.
This was the fourth doubleheader played by the Mudcats this season. Carolina now has a...
Your browser does not support iframes. Detroit Tigers pitcher Jose Alvarez did not allow a hit until the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, at which point Ryan Raburn spoiled the party. Raburn’s solo home run was the first hit of the day for Cleveland, and one of his former teammates was not [...]
The 2013 draft is now complete. Here is the Cleveland Indians full list of selections along with some notes about the draft.
In the midst of his home run trot on Sunday afternoon, Indians utility man Ryan Raburn took a wad of gum from the hand of Detroit Tigers’ third baseman Miguel Cabrera.
Raburn’s home run effectively ended Tigers’ pitcher Jose Alvarez’ bid for a no-hitter in the fifth inning. Raburn, a former Detroit Tiger, cracked a smile before stepping on the bag. The Tigers cracked even...
Someone has been doing some good work to keep Chief Wahoo’s Wikipedia page up to date, with significant edits having been made last week. The page does an especially good job of tracking public statements on the Jim Crow/Third Reich relic made by the Cleveland Indians organization as well as critics of the symbol and other notables.
There’s also reference to some polling results...