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Phillies acquire John McDonald from Indians

Jun 27, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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One day after designating John McDonald for assignment the Indians have traded the 38-year-old utility man to the Phillies for a player to be named later or cash, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

McDonald has now been traded three times since spring training, yet has logged a grand total of 43 plate appearances all season. He’ll fill a bench role in Philadelphia and figures to wind up with 150-250 plate appearances for the sixth straight season if he can stick around for a while.

Normally this is where I’d make a joke about how the Phillies needed another old guy who can’t hit, but I’m too classy for that.

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    The final piece of the puzzle.

    • chadjones27 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:48 PM


  2. mazblast - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    If/when he hangs up his (rarely used) spikes, he’ll have a great second career as an infield instructor. He’s always been a great fielder.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Agreed. I fully expect that he will become a highly respected coach.

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      I don’t know why he quit writing Travis McGee novels to play baseball in the first place….(groans at his own lame joke)

  3. orangandblack - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Look for the Phillies to make a push now that they’ve aquired some raw talent

  4. drunkenhooliganism - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    This trade is pointless unless there’s a corresponding trade in the works. With Howard, Utley, Rollins and Young as starters and Galvis and Frandsen capable backups along with Cesar Henrnadez almost ready to contribute at the MLB level, what does McDonald offer. Frandsen is way better with the bat and Galvis is better with the glove and bat (and 15 years younger).

    I should be happy Ruben was doing something pointless instead of making a big trade

  5. largebill - Jun 27, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    “Normally this is where I’d make a joke about how the Phillies needed another old guy who can’t hit, but I’m too classy for that.”

    Um, isn’t that Craig’s schtick (Phillies fan baiting)?

    Did they indicate if Cliff Lee was the PTBNL?

  6. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 27, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Take that, all of you who said the Phillies would be sellers!

  7. leerosenthall - Jun 27, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    I’m confused–are the Phillies trading Galvis?

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