Red Sox acquire infielder John McDonald from Phils

The Guru
Contributing Writer

With today's trade deadline to acquire players who are eligible for the postseason looming, the Red Sox have made a deal. Just not a blockbuster.

The Sox have acquired 38-year-old utility infielder John McDonald and cash considerations from the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league pitcher Nefi Ogando.

McDonald is a veteran utility infielder, who can play shortstop, second base, third base and the outfield.

In his 15th year, the 38-year-old McDonald is hitting 0.98 with one home run and four RBI with three different teams this season.

Ogando, a 24-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic, spent the season with High-A Salem. In 33 relief appearances, he was 2-3 with three saves, a 4.09 ERA and 44 strikeouts in in 55 innings.

McDonald appears to be added depth and could prove the end for Brock Holt. Holt will likely be designated for assignment to make room for McDonald on the 40-man roster.

It will be a homecoming of sorts for McDonald who is a native of New London, Connecticut, attended Providence College and lives in Scituate, Massachusetts.

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