Phillies trade John McDonald to Red Sox

Phillies trade John McDonald to Red Sox
August 31, 2013, 8:30 pm
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John McDonald had just four hits in 23 at-bats with the Phillies and will now join his fifth team this year in Boston. (USA Today Images)

CHICAGO -- The Phillies traded utility infielder John McDonald to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.

In return, the Phillies get minor-league pitcher Nefi Ogando. 

Ogando, 24, is a right-handed relief pitcher. He was 2-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 33 games in the Carolina League (Single A) this season.

McDonald, 38, will be joining his fifth organization this season. He went to spring training with Arizona and was traded to Pittsburgh during spring training. The Pirates traded him to Cleveland in June. Later that month, he was shipped to the Phillies.

“This will be my fifth team this season,” he said of the Red Sox. “I’m making my way east.”

McDonald is a defensive specialist who can play shortstop, second base and third base. He had just four hits in 23 at-bats while appearing in 21 games with the Phillies.

“I wish I had swung the bat better,” he said. “I really enjoyed my time with the Phillies.”

McDonald is a New England native and resides in the Boston area. He learned of the trade moments after Saturday’s Phillies game at Wrigley Field. After getting the news, McDonald called his wife and said: “Tell the kids daddy is coming home.”

McDonald will be eligible for the postseason because he was traded before Sept. 1.

“It’s exciting to be going to a pennant race,” he said.