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Anyone want to take a flier on James McDonald?

Sep 7, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

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Right-hander James McDonald had a great case for being an All-Star in the summer of 2012. Not a whole lot has gone right since, though, and the Pirates designated him for assignment Saturday, according to the Tribune-Review’s Rob Biertempfel, removing him from the 40-man roster.

McDonald had been on the shelf since early May due to shoulder soreness, though he’s recently progressed to the point at which he can pitch in games. He’s making $3.025 million this season, so it’d cost another team about $500,000 to take a flier on him for the rest of the year. Since he’s not eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season, there’s enough upside to justify the risk. If he shows something this month, a team could keep him in arbitration for about that same $3 million salary next year. If he doesn’t, then he gets non-tendered and probably signs for $1 million-$2 million at the most this winter.

The 28-year-old McDonald is 32-30 with a 4.20 ERA lifetime in 82 starts and 49 relief appearances. He was 2-2 with a 5.76 ERA before going down this season.

  1. notsofast10 - Sep 7, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Wow another opportunity! The Dodgers have started quite a nice collection of this kind of player. I guess there is always room for one more?

    • tuberippin - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      Other than the fact that they were the team that drafted him and kept him around until 2010 when they traded him mid-season to Pittsburgh.

  2. Kevin Gillman - Sep 7, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Indians could always use another starter, especially with the uncertainity of Masterson. I’d take him in a second.

  3. spyder9669 - Sep 7, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    nice thought however he will get picked up long before the dodgers get the chance

  4. Stiller43 - Sep 7, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    If the pirates didnt want him, with them having some troubles with #4 starter and having no #5 starter.,.that tells ya somethin

  5. rbj1 - Sep 7, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Yankees could use some pitching help.

  6. modellforprez - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Dude is a Major Mental Midget. serious wack Job. A.J Burnett stopped F’n with him what does that tell you

  7. jrocknstuff - Sep 7, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    At that price he makes sense for any of the playoff contenders. He would look good at Camden Yards for the next 4 weeks

  8. steelers88 - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Not worth it. James McDonald is a big mental case. Even Ray Serage one of the better pitching coaches in the MLB couldn’t fix him.

    • tuberippin - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      Send him to Tampa Bay and he’ll be all good

  9. Matt B - Sep 7, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Mariners or Tampa bay.

  10. tonyz6060chevy - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    McDonald showed a lot of promise when he first came up with the Dodgers at the tail end of the Joe Torre era in L.A. He was kind of rushed to be a starter due to the tight fistedness of the McCourt’s and the mortgage payments to their his and her Malilbu mansions.

  11. straightouttavtown - Sep 8, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    At worst he can be a shutdown late inning reliever. The stuff and talent are there.

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