Projecting the Angels playoff roster

Now that we are well past the point of worrying about jinxing things (if the Angels now lose their next 19 games, I apologize), it is time we start talking about what the Angels playoff roster is going to look like. The Halos have had a remarkably stable lineup and pitching staff the last few months, especially by Scioscia standards, but there are some things they need to sort out...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Middlebrooks’ Unbelievable Play Against Angels Overturned (Video)

Will Middlebrooks robbed John McDonald on Monday. He nearly took a hit away from Albert Pujols on Tuesday. Pujols ripped a ball down the third base line in the third inning of the Boston Red Sox’s game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park. Middlebrooks made a sensational play, although the Angels successfully challenged the initial out call. Middlebrooks showed great reaction...
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Middlebrooks Absolutely Robs Former Red Sox John McDonald (Video)

For a moment, John McDonald probably regretted teaching Will Middlebrooks a thing or two. McDonald, now playing for the Los Angeles Angels, suited up for the Boston Red Sox down the stretch in 2013. The veteran infielder almost was like an extra coach, with his tutelage of Middlebrooks spilling into the offseason, where the two worked out together. Middlebrooks returned the favor...
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Poll: 'Boston' A's Clear Back-Up Rooting Option

Early voting in our latest FenwayNation Poll indicates that the Ex-Red Sox-Laden Oakland A's are the clear "back-up" rooting option for readers in 2014. As the table shows, almost two-thirds of all voters (64%) single out Oakland as the top AL alternative rooting option. The fact that the A's have Jon Lester, Jonny Gomes, Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie, Josh Reddick and...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Gameday Scorecard: Angels at Indians, June 16, 2014

Angels 3 - Indians 4 Jered Weaver pitched six innings, giving up four runs on five hits including to home runs in his loss to the Indians. The Angels matched Cleveland’s offense early on, tying the game twice on a two-run double by Chris Iannetta in the 2nd and a sacrifice fly by John McDonald in the 4th. But the Halos continued to struggle with timely hitting, batting 1-for-9...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

John McDonald’s Wife Picks Up World Series Ring During Ceremony At Fenway

John McDonald knows how unpredictable baseball can be. Thus, the 39-year-old infielder wasn’t going to take any chances when it came to his 2013 Boston Red Sox World Series ring. McDonald, now with the Los Angeles Angels, originally was going to wait until the Halos visit Fenway Park this season to receive his ring. But after further consideration, McDonald’s wife, Maura, picked...
April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Player Projection: John McDonald

The Angels needed a few small things to fill out their roster this spring. One of them was a utility infielder with a good glove and some clubhouse leadership. They think they got those things in John McDonald.   PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB% SO% ...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: McDonald makes the team, Freese not concerned over spring slump

The March 26th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including McDonald makes the team, Freese not concerned over spring slump and much more... The Story: John McDonald has made the Angels roster in what might very well be his last season. The Monkey Says: This was expected, but now it is official. I'm not sure what McDonald has left to give on the field...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels purchase contract of John McDonald, Nationals release Mike Gonzalez

The Los Angeles Angels will begin the season with John McDonald on their bench. McDonald, 39, will serve as a utility infielder for the team. Ideally he will not see the field often but if he does he gives the Angels flexibility to play across the infield. Not known for his bat, McDonald appeared in 51 games last season hitting .118/.197/.174 for Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Philadelphia...
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Trout has heard nothing new on an extension, McDonald facing roster placement ...

The March 25th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trout has heard nothing new on an extension, McDonald facing roster placement deadline and much more... The Story: Mike Trout hasn't heard any news on his potential contract extension either. The Monkey Says: In summary, nobody knows anything about anything. The Story: John McDonald...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: John McDonald, Former Red Sox Infielder, Signs Minor League Deal With Angels

John McDonald is joining his eighth Major League Baseball organization. McDonald, who finished the 2013 season as a member of the Boston Red Sox, has agreed to a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels, according to’s Rob Bradford. McDonald’s deal reportedly includes an invitation to spring training, and the 39-year-old infielder will earn $850,000 if he makes...
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

It May Be Time For Defensive Specialist John McDonald To Retire

John McDonald just completed his 15th big-league season. The 39 year-old infielder played for four different teams in 2013, finishing the season with the Boston Red Sox. In between, he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, and the Philadelphia Phillies.   Calling McDonald a light-hitting shortstop would do Brendan Ryan a disservice. He possesses a career...
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November 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Morales Should Be Off Sox World Series Roster

Lefty Needs To Sit Out World SeriesAs the Red Sox face a Wednesday decision on their World Series roster, they should make at least one obvious move. After Saturday night's meltdown by Franklin Morlaes (a walk and a two-run double), he should be dropped. There are a number of choices to add to the roster: John McDonald (of Providence College fame) could provide infield back-up—particularly...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

John McDonald's Strange Season

Veteran journeyman and utility infielder, John McDonald, had a fascinating season.  The 38 year old found himself on 4 different teams this year.  He started off with the Pirates, then onto the Indians, then to the Phillies, and finally ended up with the Red Sox.  Playing on four MLB squads in one season is a rare feat, and to think 3 of them have made the playoffs. Too bad some...
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September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

John McDonald Always Thought Playing for Red Sox Was Possibility, Excited for Opportunity With Boston

John McDonald is finally playing in his own backyard. McDonald — a New London, Conn., native, Scituate, Mass., resident and Providence College product — is now suiting up for the Red Sox in his 15th major league season. While it marks McDonald’s seventh major league team and fourth of 2013, the 38-year-old journeyman always viewed Boston as a potential destination. “I think...
September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Rubby De La Rosa, Quintin Berry Join Red Sox Amid Flurry of Roster Moves

With the first of September came a flurry of roster moves. The Red Sox announced a number of moves before Sunday’s game against the White Sox. Boston has added pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, outfielder Quintin Berry, catcher Ryan Lavarnway and infielders Brandon Snyder and John McDonald. De La Rosa and Lavarnway were recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket. Berry was selected to the active...
September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies trade John McDonald to Red Sox

The Phillies traded utility infielder John McDonald to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night. In return the Phillies get minor-league pitcher Nefi Ogando. Ogando 24 is a right-handed relief pitcher. He was 2-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 33 games in the Carolina League (Single A) this season. McDonald 38 will be joining his fifth organization this season. He went to spring training with...
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September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Boston Red Sox acquire IF John McDonald from Phillies

In an attempt to bolster their infield depth for stretch run, the Boston Red Sox acquired veteran infielder John McDonald from the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night in exchange for Single-A pitcher Nefi Ogando. The Red Sox will become McDonald’s fourth team this season but Boston mainly acquired him for his leadership on and off the field and versatility. Despite only hitting...
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September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

John McDonald Adds Depth to Red Sox’ Infield While Also Bringing Experience, Familiarity

BOSTON — A local guy is joining the Red Sox. The Red Sox on Saturday acquired 38-year-old infielder John McDonald and cash considerations from the Phillies in exchange for minor league pitcher Nefi Ogando. McDonald, a native of New London, Conn., and current resident of Scituate, Mass., is a depth addition that also comes with experience and familiarity. McDonald has played all...
September 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Sox get McDonald from Phillies

The Red Sox acquired infielder John McDonald in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. McDonald adds depth all over the infield and gives AL East-leading Boston an experienced glove for the stretch drive. Because the move was made by the end of August, McDonald is eligible to play for Red Sox in the postseason. The Phillies received minor league right-hander Nefi Ogando...
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August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Sox acquire infielder John McDonald from Phils

The Guru Contributing Writer With today's trade deadline to acquire players who are eligible for the postseason looming, the Red Sox have made a deal. Just not a blockbuster. The Sox have acquired 38-year-old utility infielder John McDonald and cash considerations from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitcher Nefi Ogando. McDonald is a veteran utility infielder...
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August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Trade An Infielder To The Boston Red Sox

Well, it's not the infielder you expected. Today, on the waiver trade deadline, the Phillies traded infielder John McDonald and cash to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Nefi Ogando. The Red Sox are McDonald's fifth organization this season. Ogando is 24 years old and has never played above class...
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August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Sox Acquire Infielder John McDonald from Phillies in Exchange for Minor League Pitcher

The Red Sox have acquired utility infielder John McDonald and cash considerations from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league pitcher Nefi Ogando. Boston will be McDonald’s fourth home of the season as the 38-year-old has spent time with the Pirates, Indians and most recently the Phillies. Between the three clubs he has gone 6-for-61 adding one home run and 4 RBIs...
August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Trade McDonald to Red Sox

McDonald, seen here celebrating his only homer in 2013 as a Phillie with Chooch. Photo by AP. Color me surprised: Ruben Amaro Jr. found a taker for Major League Baseball’s most statistically ineffective player John McDonald, shipping the utility infielder he got for nothing for Nefi Ogando, a 24-year old reliever from the Dominican Republic in his fourth season in organized baseball...
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August 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Sox Trade For Providence College's McDonald

John McDonald (AP Photo)The Red Sox beat the August non-waiver trade deadline by dealing for Providence College alum John McDonald. Boston sent minor league pitcher Nefi Ogando to the Phillies for the soon-to-be 39-year-old infielder. McDonald is hitting just .111 this year in 37 games for three different teams (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland). He is mostly know for his defensive...
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August 31, 2013  |  Discuss
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