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D’Backs reach two-year, $3M deal with John McDonald

Nov 2, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

John McDonald AP

From Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com comes word that the Diamondbacks have reached agreement on a two-year, $3 million contract with veteran utility infielder John McDonald.

McDonald batted just .169/.222/.203 in 63 plate appearances after joining Arizona in late August, but he’s still a capable defender at the age of 37 and will provide the Snakes with insurance at shortstop in case Stephen Drew (fractured ankle) isn’t back to 100 percent by Opening Day next April.

McDonald appeared in 26 games at third base, 21 games at second base and 38 games at shortstop during the 2011 season. He’s also seen time in the outfield in recent years.

  1. lyon810 - Nov 2, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    I’m drowning in a sea of D-Backs utility players posts today

  2. bigleagues - Nov 2, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    Pride of East Lyme, CT

    V4L

  3. missthemexpos - Nov 2, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    Stud defensive multi-position infielders rank right up there with crafty lefties out of the pen.

  4. aaronmoreno - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    If you shake a tree, don’t a dozen gloves fall out?

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:25 AM

    I thought he would come back to the Jays…major bummer

    • Tribe&Browns&Cavs - Nov 3, 2011 at 7:29 AM

      I still hope he makes his way back to Cleveland every year.

  6. Joe - Nov 3, 2011 at 8:48 AM

    I love the minimalism of that photo. And such a metaphor for his game, too!

  7. proudlycanadian - Nov 3, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    He is a very good person and a future coach. Congratulations to Arizona for signing him.

  8. cur68 - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    No Jonny Mac in Blue Jays uni next season? Dang, man, I wanted that guy back…well good luck to him with the D-backs. They just got an hell of an infield coach…

    • cshearing - Nov 3, 2011 at 1:05 PM

      Exactly, I have no doubts that is his future. Pure coaching material there.

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