John McDonald was snared by the Phillies’ last night, in a deal so under the radar it’s not even funny to parody it as if it were a big, blockbuster transaction. So nobody do that. I said not to.
Jun 16, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians shortstop John McDonald (7) against the Washington Nationals at Progressive Field. Cleveland won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
McDonald is a utility player who everyone should read about on the internet before they say anything about him. He’s 38 years old, a great fit for this team – especially as a “light hitting” player who has a total of two hits in 38 ABs this season for the Pirates and Indians.
If you’re trying to smother any indication of young talent, replacing Freddy Galvis with this guy is a great way to start. This is most like a harbinger of the awful days to come, when people like Chase Utley leave the team and we’re left with a contingency of warm bodies to play out the remainder of the year. Maybe we should all buy McDonald shirseys and get really into it, just for fun.
Like we did with John Bowker. God, I just don’t have the energy for this. Of course, the Phillies could also deal Michael Young and/or Jimmy Rollins, but the point is, this horrible process has begun. Unless Ruben is really, REALLY sticking to his guns and thinks that signing McDonald makes the team better, which he [Amaro] can’t be, and also, he [McDonald] doesn’t.
McDonald’s 14-year MLB career is winding down, presumably, and it’s happening with a career BA of .236 and an OPS of .601. He’s got 549 hits in just over 2,500 career at-bats. He’s got a double and an RBI in 2013!
July has been the strongest month of his career, traditionally, though – his OPS bounces all the way to .639 in the year’s seventh month.
Maybe there is some shrewdness to this move after all, heh heh heh.
Ruben, you sly dog.