Red Sox acquire infielder John McDonald from Phillies

Scott McLaughlin
August 31, 2013 - 4:24 pm

The Red Sox have acquired veteran infielder John McDonald and cash considerations from Philadelphia in exchange for minor-league reliever Nefi Ogando, the team announced Saturday night. The 38-year-old McDonald is now in his 15th season in the majors. He has appeared in 45 games for three different teams (Pirates, Indians, Phillies) in 2013, hitting a meager .098/.179/.164.  While McDonald won't provide much in the way of offense, the former Providence College Friar can provide depth at second, short and third. "He's a premium defender, at all three positions," said Red Sox manager John Farrell, who has worked with McDonald in Cleveland and Toronto. "He'll serve as depth, particularly in the middle of the infield. ... We've been looking out for this type of player. We know him obviously. He'll fit in very well with this team." Farrell said the expectation is that McDonald will join the team on Sunday. Ogando has spent the last three seasons in Single-A, with all of his 2013 season to date coming at High-A Salem. He has appeared in 33 games, posting a 2-3 record, 4.09 ERA and 1.38 WHIP.