Phillies Trade McDonald to Red Sox

McDonald, seen here celebrating his only homer in 2013 as a Phillie with Chooch. Photo by AP.

The Phillies make a waiver-deadline deal!

Color me surprised. No really, this one is kind of shocking.

Ruben Amaro Jr. found a taker for Major League Baseball’s most statistically ineffective player (fWAR/PA) John McDonald, shipping the utility infielder he got for nothing for Nefi Ogando, a 24-year old reliever from the Dominican Republic in his fourth season in organized baseball. McDonald hit .174/.208/.304 with one homer with the Phillies. This nearly tripled his entire triple-slash line at the time the Phillies acquired him (.053/.163/.079).

From Sox Prospects, here is a scouting report on Ogando:

Dominican right-hander signed later in the 2009-2010 international signing period. On the older side for an international signee. Fastballs sits 92-93 mph and tops out at 94 mph in shorter bursts. Currently being stretched out to sharpen arsenal. Loses velocity as outings progress due to max-effort delivery. Does not easily generate velocity. Below-average fastball command due to inconsistent release point and lack of fluidity in delivery. Rough overall mechanics that must become smoother to enhance command. He may struggle to reach average fastball command. Also features an 83-86 mph slider with tight rotation. Plus potential and the ability to miss bats with the offering. Feels slider well, but does not mix well into sequences. Still learning how to pitch. Slider’s effectiveness is suppressed because of inability to consistently get ahead of hitters. Not much room left on his frame to fill out. Profiles as a reliever. Potential for considerable improvement if delivery can be cleaned up.

Analysis: At the time of the trade for McDonald, many crushed Amaro for trading something of value for the veteran infielder. Now? Without hurting the Phillies too much, Amaro was essentially able to turn a small amount of cash that went to Cleveland for McDonald into a minor league bullpen arm. Ogando has a live arm and is eligible for next year’s Rule 5 draft. The Phillies will have all of 2014 to get a good look at Ogando before deciding if they want to protect him.



  1. George

    August 31, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    From what I have read, the Phils also sent some money along with McDonald, so basically the entire McDonald episode was a wash.

    I’ll give the entire transaction a “who cares” rating. They either had to pay McDonald the rest of his contract money when they released him, or pay the salary money to the Sox so they could release him instead. The fact that they got a pitcher who will probably be released in spring training seems pretty meaningless to me.

    But at least they freed up a roster spot. That’s probably more important than either player involved.

  2. Robotski

    August 31, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Good luck to McDonald. The Phils will miss his contributions. Yet another hole that needs to be filled before this team can be considered a contender. Ruben has even more work to do.

    • c. schreiber

      September 1, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      What contributions??

  3. Carlos Danger

    August 31, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Damn, I just bought a McDonald jersey last night.

  4. Hogey's Role

    August 31, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Not a terrible deal by Ruben… nets us a young reliever, that may or may not help our club, but we can say that about all of our young relievers… I’ll say good trade…

  5. bacardipr

    September 1, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Galvis can easily fill that hole Robotski. Right now looks like Galvis is profiling as a utility fielder.

    • Hogey's Role

      September 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

      I agree with that statement

  6. DavidE

    September 1, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    I can see him having some value for the Red Sox. With the Sox lineup, how often do you have to pinch hit. When I saw McDonald turn that double play on Puig, I understood why teams are interested. He is lightning getting rid of that ball. The Phlliies need someone to hit. All the Sox need from him is late inning defense.

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