Diamondbacks trade SS McDonald to Pirates
The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded shortstop John McDonald to
the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named and cash.
McDonald found himself the odd man out in a crowd at the
position. Cliff Pennington and Willie Bloomquist are expected to
share the spot when the season begins, with top prospect Didi
Gregorius waiting at Triple-A Reno.
The 38-year-old McDonald came to Arizona along with Aaron Hill
in a trade that sent Kelly Johnson to Toronto in August of 2011.
Known as a defensive specialist, McDonald played in 89 games for
the Diamondbacks, he hit .230, seeing time at second base and third
base as well as shortstop.
McDonald has spent parts of 14 seasons in the majors with
Cleveland, Detroit, Toronto and Arizona.