PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 28: Infielder John McDonald #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks dives as he attempts to field a single hit by the San Diego Padres during the eighth inning of the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on August 28, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms on a 2-year contract with infielder John McDonald, the club announced via Twitter. Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports McDonald will earn $1.5 million per year.
One of the things on the Diamondbacks' shopping list this offseason was to find an insurance policy for shortstop Stephen Drew, who is recovering from an ankle fracture. While they can cross that off the list, what will Arizona do with Willie Bloomquist? Remember, the team exercised their half of a $1.1 million mutual option on infielder Willie Bloomquist for 2012. Now it no longer appears the team will have interest in Bloomquist, who would have filled the same role as McDonald.
McDonald, 37, came over to Arizona in the Aaron Hill/Kelly Johnson swap in August. While McDonald is a black hole offensively, .229/.269/.308 in 245 plate appearances in 2011, he is an excellent defender and able to play third base,shortstop, and second base.