D’Backs To Sign McDonald To Two-Year Deal

The Diamondbacks announced that they've agreed to terms with defensive specialist John McDonald on a two-year deal. Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com says the deal is worth $1.5MM per season (on Twitter). McDonald provides the Diamondbacks with insurance for Stephen Drew, who missed much of 2011 with a fractured ankle. 

McDonald joined the D'Backs along with Aaron Hill in the August trade that sent Kelly Johnson to Toronto. The 37-year-old didn't do much at the plate this past season, hitting .229/.269/.308, but he's known as a defensively skilled player at second, short and third. SFX represents McDonald, as our Agency Database shows.


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69 Comments on "D’Backs To Sign McDonald To Two-Year Deal"


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BluMule
3 years 8 months ago

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

guys, i promise…we’ll take good care of your boys here in az.  they were like instant fan faves after the trade, so you can rest assured that they have a good home now!

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BluMule
3 years 8 months ago

You can keep aaron I want Johnny Mac Back :( 

Oh well looks like I’ve got a team to cheer for in the NL. Hope to see you in the World series soon 😛

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Jonathan
3 years 8 months ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Who

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MattCMoore
3 years 8 months ago

You are the only one who dosnt know Johnny Mac.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

John McEnroe i do know

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

NOOOO! JMac once a Blue Jay forever a Blue Jay! So sad he’s not coming back next year.

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j6takish
3 years 8 months ago

Thought he said he was headed back to Toronto?

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Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

john mcdonald lied!!!

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Jmac’s needed here more.  We have a certain infield liability known as a “drew” here in az…and we all know how well rostering one of these “drews” tends to go.

Truth be told though, that was a nasty, nasty injury – more legit than what one often attributes to a “drew” being plagued by.

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Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

we’ll take drew off your hands if you want?

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

I’ve got my money on Washington or Boston.  Nats only because our old scout that signed him back in the day is now their GM.

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Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

we need a second baseman!

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azdsnd
3 years 8 months ago

And Drew just came off of major ankle surgery.  You want to put that ankle at the position that gets its legs taken out from under it on routine double plays?

If not a SS, he’s a 3B.

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Guest
3 years 8 months ago

if he’s healed he’s healed you cant baby him

why not just make him dh then

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azdsnd
3 years 8 months ago

That’s some sound logic right there.  Forget injury history and the possibility of it recurring, let’s throw him at the most dangerous position on the diamond for the part of his body he just had twisted 180-degrees from its normal position!

Also, way to go for the extremes there on the DH’ing alternative.  Because moving him to a less-dangerous position is “babying” him.  Right.His good infield arm also plays better at third base, and would be largely wasted at second.

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Guest
3 years 8 months ago

and you don’t need your ankles at third base?  you don’t have to charge the plate on bunts and throw off balance puting all your pressure on one leg and possibly causing injury??

you’re taking one aspect of a 2B’s job and saying he shouldn’t there because of his surgery, when realistically every infield position is going to put extreme amounts of stress on your legs and ankle..

However if pitchers can overcome shoulder and elbow injuries to come back and pitch, I dont see why Drew cant have his ankle fixed and come back as strong as ever?

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azdsnd
3 years 8 months ago

At any position in the infield, you need a degree of ankle strength for lateral mobility, charging in on soft grounders, and footwork.  Only at one position do you regularly have baserunners sliding into your shins with little means to get out of the way.  If you want to put him there, that’s your choice, but you’re only increasing his chance for injury.

When shortstops make turns towards first, they’re already moving towards 1B, so they can sidestep out of the way and still make the play, and even when they can’t, they’re often on back side of the base, so the baserunners often don’t reach them.  When a second baseman makes a turn towards first, they’re moving away from the bag so they have to stop and plant to make the throw, often at the front part of the bag, which leaves them susceptible to takeouts.

Of course pitchers can overcome injuries to their arms, but there’s a reason that guys end up with the “injury-prone” label.  Prior injuries increase the possibility of future injuries in pitcher’s arms, and in this case in Drew’s leg.  With as much money as Drew makes and as valuable as he is, protecting that leg is the smart thing to do.

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Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Yea, this is a big surprise…
AA and him both hinted pretty strongly that he was coming back.