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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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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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McDonald has made a career as a utility infielder with a very good glove and an exceptionally...
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...