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Angels sign John McDonald

Jan 16, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

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John McDonald, who bounced around with four different teams last season, has signed a minor-league deal with the Angels. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that he’ll get a spring training invitation.

For years McDonald was a great enough defensive shortstop to offset his horrendous offense, or at least offset it enough to be a reasonable utility infielder. But now at age 39 it’s not clear if his glove is all that special any longer.

He hit .116 in 51 games last year and is a .235 career hitter with a .601 OPS.

  1. anotheryx - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    While he did have a cup of coffee in Boston (non in playoff), tagged for Red Sox but not Angels is a bit backwards.

  2. larrymahnken - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    I tell you what, when he was younger, he made the strongest throws of any shortstop I’ve seen.

    John McDonald had an arm. E-I-E-I-O.

    • km9000 - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      I have a soft spot for crappy-hitting defensive specialists, but 39? Dagnabbit!

    • jarathen - Jan 16, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      Well, he IS old.

  3. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 16, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Getty Images actually recorded his time as a Phillie?

  4. musketmaniac - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    ,235 career hitting, suggests that he hit ,250 for awhile. considering that he has been below the mendoza line for years

  5. tonyz6060chevy - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Way to go dumpster diving Angels !!!

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