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Diamondbacks “looking to trade” John McDonald

Mar 12, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

John McDonald, David Ortiz

This offseason HardballTalk had several posts wondering why, exactly, the Diamondbacks seemed to be collecting light-hitting utility infielders. It turns out maybe they didn’t know why either.

Ken Rosenthal of reports that Arizona is now “looking to trade” John McDonald because he’s behind Willie Bloomquist and Cliff Pennington on the depth chart. And that’s not even counting Didi Gregerius, the shortstop prospect acquired in the Trevor Bauer deal who could be starting for the Diamondbacks at some point this season.

McDonald is owed $1.5 million this season and at age 38 it’s no longer clear if his defense can make up for his awful offense. He hit .249 with a .681 OPS last season and that’s actually 73 points higher than his lifetime OPS and the second-best mark of his career.

  1. zzalapski - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    But he’s so gritty!

  2. bolweevils2 - Mar 12, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    I hope this prospective trade idea includes eating some salary then. Otherwise they’ll be eating the entire $1.5M.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Mar 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    My guess is that they have their eye on some prospects in the Sox organization and know they love light-hitting players.

    It’s just too bad they aren’t outfielders.

  4. tuberippin - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Back to Toronto, perhaps? I know that they have Maicer Izturis to be their utility infielder right now, but you can always use another warm body, and he provides use as a defensive replacement. Plus, they love him up there.

    • cshearing - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      My thought as well. Plus, if the Jays happen to win the Series, it would be criminal for Johnny Mac not to get a ring.

    • jaysjunkie - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      We already have Mark DeRosa on the team as the other utility guy plus a “veteran presence”.

      • tuberippin - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        Since 2009, DeRosa and McDonald have essentially had the same peak-and-valley production, but McDonald was better than DeRosa was last season. Additionally, DeRosa’s reoccurring wrist issues have, in the past three years, taken away from what was his main advantage over a player like McDonald…his bat.

        Just seems that bringing back a fan favorite on a very small (from a fiscal standpoint) contract wouldn’t be a bad move.

      • paperlions - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:50 AM

        Faint praise. McDonald has never been able to hit and his defense is league average now. Every team has a 24 yr old playing SS in AAA that can be at least as good as McDonald. Yeah, he might stick on someone’s roster as a utility player, but he’s already not worth the roster spot….much less giving up anything for the luxury of wasting that roster spot on him.

  5. timpaz - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Anything that Towers does befuddles me, loves light hitting infielders and washed up relievers, needs G M with some balls to go for the big deal

  6. canadabaseball - Mar 12, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Bring Mac back to Toronto AA make it happen

  7. jaysjunkie - Mar 12, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Listen, I loved McDonald’s grittiness and all that, but the man was and is an absolute BLACK HOLE on offense.

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