More Bucs: Pirates Want More Catching Depth
The D'Backs will get a player to be named later in return for the veteran infielder, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
McDonald joins a Pirates' infield that already includes Pedro Alvarez, Clint Barmes, and Neil Walker, as well as reserve utility player Josh Harrison. McDonald and Harrison have comparable numbers on offense -- i.e.: not great -- but McDonald has a clear advantage over Harrison when it comes to defensive stats, despite being more than a decade older.
Rosenthal reported a little over a week ago that the D'backs were interested in trading McDonald. He noted that the team didn't have room on its roster for McDonald with Willie Bloomquist and Cliff Pennington also healthy and in the mix.
McDonald appeared in 70 games for the Diamondbacks last season after signing a two-year, $3 million contract. Over 197 plate appearances, the 38-year-old hit .249/.295/.386 with nine doubles and six home runs. He owns a career batting line of .239/.276/.331 over 14 seasons in the minors, and hit .241/.279/.373 over the past three years as a member of the D'backs and Toronto Blue Jays.