Found March 20, 2013 on Raise the Jolly Roger!:
The Pirates acquired shortstop John McDonald from the Diamondbacks today. Arizona will receive a player to be named later or cash. McDonald is basically another Clint Barmes–he’s a veteran that’s a wizard with the glove but can’t hit at all. Neal Huntington said he went after him because of Chase d’Arnaud‘s recent thumb injury that will keep him out for 6-8 weeks. McDonald (who is owed $1.5M this season) will almost certainly make the team and will be Barmes’ backup, although it’s hard to see him playing outside of a Barmes injury or occasional day off. The move will probably send Jordy Mercer back to Triple-A to play shortstop every day (until d’Arnaud is healthy, at least). This isn’t an exciting or significant move…all it really does is ensure that the Bucs won’t lose anything on defense if Barmes can’t play for some reason. McDonald is better with the glove than options such as Mercer or Josh Harrison…and while one of those two might hit slightly better, it’s not a very b
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