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Red Sox acquire John McDonald from the Phillies

Aug 31, 2013, 8:17 PM EDT

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The Red Sox have acquired utilityman John McDonald from the Phillies for Minor League pitcher Nefi Ogando, tweets Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal. The Sox will be McDonald’s fourth team this season. He started with the Pirates, moved to the Indians, who then sent him to the Phillies. Overall, the 38-year-old has posted a disappointing .343 OPS in 68 plate appearances, but his defensive capabilities and versatility still give him value.

Ogando, 24, has spent the season with the Single-A Salem Red Sox. In 55 innings of relief, he posted a 4.09 ERA with mediocre strikeout and walk rates.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    I hope he enjoys the last month of his ML career. He has rarely been a starter; however, his fielding kept him in the Major Leagues for a long time.

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  2. pjm1120 - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Who?? I’m a phillies fan and have no idea who John McDonald is. So sounds like a win-win.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      He has no idea who you are either.

    • greymares - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      maybe you should stop calling yourself a fan,or at the very least stop posting that you are.

      • chadjones27 - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        Reminds me of a time when at a Phils game and after M Young made a second error the dude in front of me yelled “geez go back to the minors… whoever you are”

    • twpguy1964 - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      Your not a phillies fan then! Do you know who Utley is?

  3. drewzducks - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    The final Friar returns to New England for his last hurrah. A pros pro.

    • ltzep75 - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      Fitting. Shame what happened to that baseball program. Title IX and collateral damage go hand in hand.

  4. Glenn - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    John McDonald grew up near me and still comes back to help out local kids in the off season. He is about as nice as a person can be. He was one of the best fielding shortstops in the game when he first came up but a pretty serious injury reduced his ability a bit.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      There are two stories about McDonald that have stuck with me. 1) In his first at bat after burying his father, he hit a homerun. It was Fathers Day. 2) On one of his trips home, he encountered a poor teenager who was playing with a decrepit glove. He gave the kid his second best glove. That teenager was Rajai Davis .

  5. greymares - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    nobody catch and releases faster than him.

  6. Shayna - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    It’s been a while since I had the privilege of seeing Johnnie M in the Toronto infield but watching him defend was such a joy. He was swift, daring, and exhilarating to watch. And the homer that he hit on Fathers Day, his first game after the death of his father, still gives me goosebumps thinking about it. As others have posted, a real gentleman of the game. The Bosox are lucky to get him and I wish him luck playing for the team he grew up watching.

  7. ltzep75 - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    As a fellow Connecticutian and Friar, all I can say is welcome home John.

  8. vipod4ever - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Late in games, holding on to a narrow lead, he will be an asset.

  9. areyesrn - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Phillies’ best relief pitcher

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