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Pirates acquire John McDonald from Diamondbacks

Mar 20, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

John McDonald, David Ortiz

After losing Chase d’Arnaud for 6-8 weeks following thumb surgery the Pirates have added some middle infield depth by acquiring John McDonald from the Diamondbacks, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Rosenthal reported last week that McDonald was on the trading block because Arizona had stockpiled too many light-hitting veteran infielders and preferred to keep Willie Bloomquist and Cliff Pennington.

McDonald is under contract for $1.5 million this season at age 38 and has long been one of the worst hitters in baseball, although his measly .681 OPS in 2012 was actually 73 points above his career average.

  1. Stiller43 - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    “McDonald is under contract for $1.5 million this season at age 38 and has long been one of the worst hitters in baseball, although his measly .681 OPS in 2012 was actually 73 points above his career average”

    So hes a clint barmes clone? I read he has a very good glove and “outstanding” range. At least thats good…

    • paperlions - Mar 20, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      That used to be true. Now, he’s 38.

  2. steelpenbucs87 - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    #Championship

  3. modellforprez - Mar 20, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    oh ok he is one of the worst hitters in baseball so it is only right that Bitch ass bad deal Neal aquire this washed up fuck you need a power corner outfield bat this moron gets you has been/never will be. so neal what to do with BRANDON INGE!!!!!

  4. canadabaseball - Mar 20, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    He’s there for d only

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Clearly, because its not for his grit. Otherwise the Diamondbacks would have kept him.

  5. hushbrother - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Sweet. Pirates fans, if you liked Clint Barmes last year, you’ll love John McDonald.

  6. micbg77 - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    solid fielder though…may not be on the roster by August though

  7. djjackson81 - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Make no mistake about it Bloomquist is next to go when they feel DiDi is ready.

  8. nbjays - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    I always enjoyed watching Johnny Mac with the Jays. You could count on at least one highlight reel play every night, and when he wasn’t doing that, he was usually with Brian Butterfield or one of the other coaches, chatting and picking his brain and analyzing the game. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him as a MLB coach or even manager someday.

    As for his bat compared to his defense, I would say he is the quintessential anti-Jeter.

  9. bolweevils2 - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Well, MacDonald did put up a .897 OPS against left-handers last year. That and a solid glove makes him useful. Trouble is, compared to the rest of his career the 2012 number vs. LHP looks like a fluke. Three year OPS vs. LHP is a more pedestrian .733, but even that isn’t awful for a shortstop.

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