When John McDonald was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Pittsburgh Pirates, I had a feeling (and hope) that his days in the black and gold uniform were over. The Pirates have traded him to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash or a player to be named later.
I really don’t care what they acquired in exchange for him, though; just having him off the roster is an upgrade for the Pirates. Using a bench spot on McDonald was a huge waste. With McDonald gone, it appears infielder Jordy Mercer is going to stay with the Pirates for the rest of this season and probably for a long time after the season. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle had said that they would prefer to have Mercer play in Triple-A so he could start everyday, but now it appears they are content with having him as the first infielder off the bench.
McDonald didn’t have many plate appearances with the Pirates this season, 35 to be exact.You probably don’t even remember any of them because they were very boring and unproductive. He appeared in only 16 games, hitting for a .065/.171/.097 triple-slash line with one double and one RBI. One of his best at-bats resulted in a hit-by-pitch which shows just how unproductive the veteran infielder was for the Pirates.
Mike DiMauro of The New London Day first reported the transaction, saying that the deal was likely made as a result of Indians starting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera getting injured.