Presuming they don’t run into any health-related concerns in the next few weeks, the Arizona Diamondbacks could consider making versatile veteran infielder John McDonald available via trade. Such a decision depends greatly on the readiness of Willie Bloomquist and Cliff Pennington, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
McDonald has made quite the career out of filling a utility role having spent ample time at second, third, and shortstop over the course of a 14 year career. Defense has long been his calling card, as he’s just a .239/.276/.331 hitter in 2,483 PA with four different organizations. This past season he appeared in 70 games for Arizona, batting .249/.295/.386 in 213 PA with a career high 6 HR. The 38 year old is in the final year of his contract with the D’backs and will earn just $1.5 Million this season.
One potential landing spot for McDonald could end up being the St. Louis Cardinals, given the team’s recent loss of shortstop Rafael Furcal for the season and the team’s apparent concerns over the inexperience of Pete Kozma, but there is no guarantee that St. Louis will look to make a move before the season begins. Numerous other teams could also get in the mix if they decide they need an upgrade off the bench. Given his veteran presence, ability to handle three infield positions, and modest salary there will likely be a fair amount of interest should Arizona actually make McDonald available.