Pirates trade infielder McDonald to Indians
The Pirates on Monday traded utility infiedler John McDonald to the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named or cash. The move rids the roster of an unproductive bat and signals the increased trust management has in Jordy Mercer.
McDonald, 38, was traded to the Pirates from the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 21. He played in 16 games and batted .065 with one RBI before going on the disabled list with a sore lower back.
“The healthy return of Chase d'Arnaud and the continued development of Jordy Mercer prompted us to look for a better fit for John McDonald,” said Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington.
Mercer, who can play second base and shortstop, has performed well since being promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis. Mercer, 26, is hitting .257 with three homers and six RBI in 26 games.
Mercer is sharing time at short with veteran Clint Barmes. Manager Clint Hurdle recently indicated Mercer could get increased playing time as the season goes on.
“Right now, most of the left-handed pitching at-bats are going to Mercer based on what he's done,” Hurdle said.
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