Red Sox Release
BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox today acquired infielder John McDonald and cash considerations from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league pitcher Nefi Ogando.
Executive Vice President/General Manager Ben Cherington made the announcement.
A 15-year major league veteran, McDonald, 38, has appeared in 45 games this season between the Pittsburgh Pirates (16), Cleveland Indians (8), and Philadelphia Phillies (21). Between the three clubs, he combined to hit .098 (6-for-61) with one double, one home run, and four RBI.
Defensively, the native of New London, CT and current Scituate, MA resident has appeared primarily as a shortstop in his career with 575 games (429 starts) at the position. McDonald has posted a career .972 fielding percentage at shortstop, which includes 19 games (11 starts) in 2013. In addition, he has played 210 games at second base (142 starts), 143 games at third base (66 starts), seven games in the outfield (4 starts) and pitched in one for Philadelphia this season.
Originally a 12th-round selection of the Indians in the 1996 June Draft, McDonald has hit .235 (553-for-2,350) with 103 doubles, 14 triples, 28 home runs, and 205 RBI in 999 games for the Indians (1999-2004; 2013), Toronto Blue Jays (2005; 2006-11), Detroit Tigers (2005), Arizona Diamondbacks (2011-12), Pirates (2013), and Phillies (2013).
Ogando, a 24-year-old right-hander, spent the season with High-A Salem, the 2013 Southern Division Champions in the Carolina League. In 33 relief appearances this year, the native of Santo Domingo went 2-3 with three saves, a 4.09 ERA (25 ER/55.0 IP), and 44 strikeouts. Ogando was signed by the Red Sox as an international free agent on June 14, 2010.