In an attempt to bolster their infield depth for stretch run, the Boston Red Sox acquired veteran infielder John McDonald from the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night in exchange for Single-A pitcher Nefi Ogando.
The Red Sox will become McDonald’s fourth team this season but Boston mainly acquired him for his leadership on and off the field and versatility. Despite only hitting .098 in 61 at bats, McDonald’s defense will be an added asset for this Red Sox team.
In the field, McDonald poses good range and a strong throwing arm. Boston manager John Farrell told the Red Sox media that he sees McDonald helping out in the middle of the infield.
Ogando, who was originally signed in 2010 as an International free agent, spent this season with High-A Salem and worked out of the bullpen. In 33 relief appearances with Salem, he went 2-3 with a 4.09 ERA and three saves. The problem for Ogando has always been his control as he walked 27 in 55 innings for the Red Sox and was on the older side at age 24 for a Single-A pitcher.
Many believe it will be an uphill battle for Ogando to have a big league career due to his control issues and slow progress.
This trade is just a classic example of how more depth in September can go along way and McDonald will help the team defensively in the later innings when called upon and that is what the Red Sox could use if they want to continue to be one of baseball’s better teams.