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Red Sox acquire John McDonald from Phillies

The 39-year old New England native heads to his hometown team.

Hunter Martin

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, 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.