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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Angels sign John McDonald to minor league deal

The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a minor league contract with infielder John McDonald, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Bradford adds that the deal will include an invitation to major league spring training, and that McDonald will earn $850K plus incentives if he makes the major league roster.

McDonald, 39, appeared in the majors for four teams in 2013, ultimately receiving a World Series ring with the Red Sox. In 37 games with the Pirates, Phillies, Indians and Red Sox on the season, he hit .111 with 1 HR and 4 RBI in 54 at-bats.

McDonald will likely compete for a backup spot in the Angels’ infield throughout spring training, along with Grant Green, Andrew Romine, and Tommy Field.

Good cripple hitter Posted: January 16, 2014 at 01:59 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Busted Flush Posted: January 16, 2014 at 04:29 PM (#4640595)
Well, this will be a Free Fall in Crimson.
   2. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: January 16, 2014 at 04:53 PM (#4640612)
He's one of 45 players from the 1990's who played last season. I'd like to see John McDonald be the last survivor of that group.
   3. AROM Posted: January 16, 2014 at 05:02 PM (#4640618)
It'll probably be Adrian Beltre, because he was only 20 in 1999 and is still a great player. Maybe a lefty like Bruce Chen.

While looking for candidates, I noticed Jordan Zimmermann pitched in 1999. But not the same guy now on the Nationals. I'd completely forgotten there was another one.
   4. Guapo Posted: January 16, 2014 at 05:15 PM (#4640627)
Headline failure. Should have been: "Old McDonald Signed to Farm: W-E-E-I-E-I-O.com"
   5. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 05:51 PM (#4640637)
Way to go Arte. Way to combat that Kershaw extension.

THE FINAL PIECE!
   6. A New Leaf Awakens (Black Hawk Reign of Terror) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 07:08 PM (#4640673)
Very excited to add this OPS+ of 6 to the Angel repertoire.
   7. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 07:22 PM (#4640676)
If John McDonald is the answer in 2014, you are asking the wrong questions.
   8. Al Kaline Trio Posted: January 16, 2014 at 07:54 PM (#4640688)
I don't know why you guys are so quick to assume he'll make the team. I wouldn't buy any real estate in Los Angeles if I were John McDonald (or Anaheim).
   9. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: January 16, 2014 at 10:09 PM (#4640752)
Are McDonald and Dave Kingman the only players to play for four MLB teams in a season? (It's gonna be tough for anyone to top Kong's four divisions in one season...)
   10. flournoy Posted: January 16, 2014 at 10:29 PM (#4640760)
Dave Martinez and Jose Bautista both did it. I'm sure there are others.
   11. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: January 16, 2014 at 10:39 PM (#4640766)
I don't think he'll make the team, but he might be competing with Kevin Romine - so, he's got a shot.

Basically, it's bad regardless. Why do you sign a McDonald anyway? Because you don't have a SS in AA or AAA who can put up an OPS+ of 50 to 60 if called on for a month or two of emergency fill-in. Right? So, even he doesn't make the team, the FO thought that their minor league system was weak enough to bring him in as insurance. ####### INSURANCE named John McDonald!

That is an indictment of your ability to draft and develop players AND your stupidity in trading away the two you did draft and develop without having another option in the pipeline. Amarista and Segura could fill this role - but both are gone.

I don't know - maybe they could sign a few AAAA arms so there's a 6th starter just in case.
   12. Shredder Posted: January 17, 2014 at 12:53 PM (#4641050)
Jim, I think you're getting a bit too worked up over this. It's a minor league deal, it costs basically nothing, and the worst case scenario is that you've got a veteran in camp to teach some things to the kids. It's not necessarily good or bad. It just is. It's what MLB teams do.
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 17, 2014 at 01:00 PM (#4641056)
Dan Miceli also played for 4 teams in a season.
   14. Random Transaction Generator Posted: January 17, 2014 at 01:01 PM (#4641058)
I would not be surprised to see him get cut, and then get signed as a infield coach somewhere.
   15. snowles Posted: January 17, 2014 at 01:17 PM (#4641076)
Wiki: On July 22, 2005, John McDonald was traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Detroit Tigers for a PTBNL. McDonald was subsequently re-acquired by Toronto on November 10, 2005, in a cash transaction completing the trade.


At the time, he was backing up Future HOF Russ Adams. That was 9 years ago! Soldier on, good sir!
   16. AROM Posted: January 17, 2014 at 01:26 PM (#4641086)
(It's gonna be tough for anyone to top Kong's four divisions in one season...)


McDonald tied it - 4 teams in 4 divisions last year. Sure, it's tough to top it, but at least now it's possible for a guy to play in 5 or 6 divisions.
   17. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: January 17, 2014 at 03:04 PM (#4641191)
Is McDonald allowed to wear his WS ring? Do the 'unwritten rules' cover this? I feel like I need Brian McCann to weigh in on this.

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