Angels Sign John McDonald

The Angels have signed infielder John McDonald to a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite, reports Rob Bradford of WEEI.com on Twitter. McDonald will earn $850K, plus incentives, if he makes the big league club, Bradford further tweets. The 39-year-old is represented by Relativity Baseball.

Last year was an adventurous campaign even for the well-traveled McDonald. He saw limited time with four MLB clubs: the Pirates, Indians, Phillies, and Red Sox. Over just 77 plate appearances, McDonald slashed a meager .116/.197/.174.

McDonald has spent the bulk of his fifteen seasons to date in Cleveland and Toronto. He has a lifetime .235/.274/.327 triple-slash in 2,560 plate appearances. The slick fielder continues to hang his hat on his defensive ability. Spending most of his time up the middle at short and second, McDonald has accumulated a lifetime 10.8 rWAR through his defense, while being a net negative with the bat.


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26 Comments on "Angels Sign John McDonald"


edwing
1 year 7 months ago

That John macdonald?

Edictor27
1 year 7 months ago

Yes! The legend of John Mcdonald Continues

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 7 months ago

Not a bad depth move I suppose.

Governator88
1 year 7 months ago

Poor Johnny Mac, bouncing through a half dozen teams for the past year or two. Please just come back to Toronto and be the infield coach.

ctghostman
1 year 7 months ago

Does he get a ring for last year with the Sox?

Governator88
1 year 7 months ago

Considering he was part of the world series parade and what not, I assume so. That’s decided by the team I think.

Runtime
1 year 7 months ago

I’d assume so.

I mean, Colby Rasmus got one for playing the first half of a season with the Cards that year he was traded.

John Donovan
1 year 7 months ago

Yes everyone that played a game for the Sox last year is supposed to get one even if they left the team in April or May. Those wins in the early season helped make them champions too.

Rusty_Arcadia
1 year 7 months ago

Possible minor league player coach job opportunity… Filled!

vtadave
1 year 7 months ago

A .371 OPS is pretty sub-par.

John Donovan
1 year 7 months ago

They aren’t signing him for his bat. They are signing to be a late inning defensive replacement at most. He still has a really good glove.

vtadave
1 year 7 months ago

Yeah I know they weren’t signing him to protect Pujols in the lineup, but it has to be tough to be that bad at hitting and even get an invite to spring training. Kudos to him for making over $12 million in his career off his glove alone. His career 60 OPS+ makes Brendan Ryan’s 72 look pretty decent.

Governator88
1 year 7 months ago

To be fair to him, he’s a better bat then that indicates. That’s his 2013 numbers across 4 teams as a replacement player. He’s made a great career out of being a backup player and actually has a pretty solid clutch bat. Understand, most of his at bats are done late in games against closers and shutdown staff and his numbers reflect that. He can also lay down a bunt whenever asked which seems rare these days.

John Donovan
1 year 7 months ago

You have to remember that the average SS in history is probably the level of McDonald offense-wise. We have been a little spoiled ever since Cal Ripken with offensive numbers from the SS position. McDonald looks comparatively bad now, but 40-50 years ago he would probably have been a multiple time an All Star.

Robert Arutunian
1 year 7 months ago

I remember Davenport years ago with SF I think. He was career .250 hitter and well thought of. You are so right.

1 year 7 months ago

What is the point of this signing—to help a guy out?

Ted
1 year 7 months ago

Worst case scenario he mentors the rest of the infield during spring training and gets cut. Best case scenario he makes the team and plays the infield in the late innings of close games. Bonus — he can pitch, too, and has served as the emergency catcher on several teams.

Robert Arutunian
1 year 7 months ago

He would fit right in with BA of current Angel catchers.

Evan
1 year 7 months ago

Hopefully he makes Grant Green a decent enough fielder so we can trade Kendrick eventually. Also our prospects in the minors, at 2nd especially, could really use some defensive help.

RyanWKrol
1 year 7 months ago

To fill a whole in the minor leagues, veteran mentoring, and a possible super cheap option off the bench.

1 year 7 months ago

Now that makes sense somewhat. Thanks Ted, Evan and Ryan!

RobbyH619
1 year 7 months ago

At age 39 he’s really more old McDonald.

Steve Corbett
1 year 7 months ago

Last season, he “slashed” .116/.197/.174? More like “swished”

1 year 7 months ago

Trade ya Chris Getz for him.

Robert Arutunian
1 year 7 months ago

This surely was meant to be in Biggest steals of 2014 off-season story posted…

Kenneth Lichtig
1 year 7 months ago

I remember in 1968 Detroit Tiger SS, Ray Oyler batted a robust .125. Mayo Smith took a chance on CF, Mickey Stanley to play SS during the 1968 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.