The Boston Red Sox have acquired infielder John McDonald and cash considerations from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league pitcher Nefi Ogando, according to a team announcement. McDonald will immediately join Boston's major league squad when rosters expand on Sunday.
The move is a homecoming of sorts for McDonald, who was born and raised in Connecticut and attended Providence College in Rhode Island. The Sox are the 39-year old's fourth team of the season, joining the Pirates, Indians and Phillies. In 45 games on the season, .111 with 1 HR and 4 RBI in 68 plate appearances, but has remained in the majors due to his status as a solid defender and clubhouse guy. In fifteen major league seasons with the Indians (1999-2004, 2013), Blue Jays (2005-2011), Diamondbacks (2011-2012), Pirates (2013) and Phillies (2013), McDonald is a lifetime .235 hitter with 28 HR and 205 RBI. He will provide depth at every infield position except first base for the Red Sox, and will likely be used as a defensive replacement in the last month of the season.
Ogando, 24, has spent the season with Single-A Salem in the Red Sox organization. In 33 relief appearances, he has posted a 2-3 record with a 4.09 ERA in 55 innings of work. According to SoxProspects.com, Ogando was not one of Boston's sixty best prospects at the time of the deal, and is considered a raw arm with underdeveloped mechanics and below average command. He seems more like an organizational-type pitcher for the Phillies, which makes sense considering McDonald's performance on the season.