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.