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  1. Angels sign John McDonald

    Jan 16, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

    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…

  2. Jonathan Papelbon compared the cultures of the Red Sox and Phillies

    Jan 3, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Losing never feels good, even if you’re the most well-compensated player at your position. Following the conclusion of the 2011 season, the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to the richest contract ever for a closer — a four-year, $50 million deal with a fifth-year option that can vest at an additional $13 million. Papelbon has generally…

  3. The Rockies’ pursuit of Justin Morneau could “heat up” soon

    Nov 30, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    With Todd Helton now off to greener pastures, the Rockies need a new first baseman. You can expect them to start pursuing free agent Justin Morneau more heavily this week, tweets Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Morneau, now 32, was traded to the Pirates at the end of August after a 10 and a half…

  4. “A bunch of teams moving quick” on Stephen Drew

    Nov 10, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

    stephen drew throwing getty

    Because he received a qualifying offer from the Red Sox and signing him will require the forfeiture of a top draft pick, there was some thought that free agent shortstop Stephen Drew might struggle to attract multiple lucrative offers on the open market this offseason. But that apparently won’t be the case. A source told…

  5. Red Sox acquire John McDonald from the Phillies

    Aug 31, 2013, 8:17 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

    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…

  6. Ben Revere suffers broken right foot

    Jul 13, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Ben Revere, Tim Federowicz

    Phillies outfielder Ben Revere suffered a broken right foot during the first game of today’s double-header against the White Sox. In the bottom of the eleventh, Revere came to the plate with a runner on first base and one out with his team trailing 5-4. He fouled an Addison Reed pitch off of his ankle…

  7. Phillies acquire John McDonald from Indians

    Jun 27, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    John McDonald Getty

    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…

  8. Indians activate Asdrubal Cabrera, drop John McDonald

    Jun 26, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    Asdrubal Cabrera is back from the disabled list after missing the past three weeks with a quadriceps injury and to make room for him on the roster the Indians designated John McDonald for assignment. Cabrera was off to a solid start before the quadriceps injury, hitting .254 with five homers and a .745 OPS to…

  9. Indians acquire infielder John McDonald from the Pirates

    Jun 10, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT

    John McDonald Getty

    The Indians just announced that they have acquired veteran infielder John McDonald from the Pirates for cash considerations or a player to be named later. McDonald has been on the disabled list since mid-May with lower back discomfort, but he will join Cleveland’s active roster. The 38-year-old was acquired from the Diamondbacks during spring training…

  10. Diamondbacks place Willie Bloomquist on disabled list

    Mar 27, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    willie-bloomquist-diamondbacks

    Arizona traded John McDonald because of a middle infield logjam, but now the Diamondbacks will be without Willie Bloomquist after placing him on the disabled list with an oblique injury. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Bloomquist has a Grade 2 strain and there’s no timetable for his return. Based on backdating the DL stint…

  11. 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…

  12. Diamondbacks “looking to trade” John McDonald

    Mar 12, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    John McDonald, David Ortiz

    This offseason HardballTalk had several posts wondering why, exactly, the Diamondbacks seemed to be collecting light-hitting utility infielders. It turns out maybe they didn’t know why either. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Arizona is now “looking to trade” John McDonald because he’s behind Willie Bloomquist and Cliff Pennington on the depth chart. And that’s…

  13. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 6, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    In addition to the box scores, I also watched Bill Clinton last night. No matter what your politics, I hope we can agree that Clinton makes everyone want to listen to their “Siamese Dream” cassette and drive around in their Chevy Cavalier, waiting for their pager to blow up.  Anyway: Nationals 9, Cubs 1: Gio…

  14. Diamondbacks designate Ryan Roberts for assignment; trade coming

    Jul 24, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

    Ryan Roberts

    Ryan Roberts was perhaps the most pleasant surprise in Arizona’s pleasantly surprising 2011 season, taking over as the team’s third baseman and finishing with 19 homers and 18 steals in 143 games. Alas, an encore was not meant to be. The 31-year-old Roberts, who lost his starting job last month, was designated for assignment Tuesday after hitting…

  15. Stephen Drew ready to go nine innings

    Jun 1, 2012, 1:03 AM EDT

    Stephen Drew

    Stephen Drew is getting closer to returning to the Arizona lineup. He’ll play nine innings in extended spring games both Friday and Saturday as he further steps up his rehab. Drew has been on the DL all season after suffering a broken ankle sliding into home plate last July 20. The Diamondbacks, though, have gotten…

  16. Geoff Blum expected to miss 4-8 weeks with torn oblique

    Apr 20, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    geoff-blum-diamondbacks

    Geoff Blum was placed on the disabled list Wednesday after injuring his oblique muscle taking batting practice won’t be returning to the Diamondbacks any time soon. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Blum has been diagnosed with a torn oblique and expects to be sidelined for 4-8 weeks. Blum, who missed 127 games with injuries…

  17. Diamondbacks place Geoff Blum on DL, call up 2009 first-round pick A.J. Pollock

    Apr 18, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Aaron Hill, Geoff Blum, Gerardo Parra

    Geoff Blum pulled a muscle in his side while taking batting practice yesterday, so the Diamondbacks have placed the 39-year-old on the disabled list while calling up 2009 first-round pick A.J. Pollock to take his roster spot. Blum received just 14 total plate appearances through 10 games and the presence of Willie Bloomquist and John…

  18. Justin Upton to see hand specialist for thumb injury

    Apr 17, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Justin Upton‘s thumb injury is suddenly looking like a bigger deal. FOXSportsArizona’s Jack Magruder reports that he’ll get an MRI and see a hand specialist. A DL stint is a possibility. Upton was a trendy pick to win NL MVP honors this year after busting out for 31 homers as a 23-year-old last season. However,…

  19. Stephen Drew “looks very unlikely” for Opening Day

    Mar 13, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Two weeks ago Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew admitted that missing the beginning of the season was a possibility as he recovers from last year’s broken ankle and now Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic takes it one step further. Piecoro writes that no one has ruled out Drew being ready for the opener, but “the…

  20. Stephen Drew acknowledges he may miss start of season

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

    stephen drew getty

    Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew had his 2011 season cut short in late July after suffering a fractured right ankle while sliding into home plate. And he’s still battling the injury here in March. According to MLB.com beat man Steve Gilbert, Drew is “nowhere near the point in his recovery” where he is ready to appear…

  21. Running down the rosters: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:04 AM EDT

    Gerardo Parra, Chris Young, Justin Upton

    Give the Diamondbacks credit; even though all of the team’s key players were already under control for 2012, they didn’t stand pat after winning the NL West crown last season. In writing the team’s postmortem last October, I stated that adding a No. 3 starter had to be the priority. That’s what the team did…

  22. Omar Vizquel and the Hall of Fame

    Jan 27, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    Soon-to-be 45-year-old Omar Vizquel is set to play a 24th season in the bigs after recently inking a minor league deal with the Blue Jays. He’s not promised anything, but it’s likely that he’ll have a roster spot in John McDonald‘s old role. It’ll be his fourth straight season as the game’s oldest position player, and…

  23. Tigers re-sign Ramon Santiago to two-year contract

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

    Ramon Santiago

    After testing the free agent market Ramon Santiago has decided to remain in Detroit, re-signing with the Tigers on a two-year contract. As the Tigers’ utility man Santiago has averaged just 278 plate appearances during the past four years, but depending on how the rest of the offseason plays out he could get an opportunity…

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