Comments on: Pirates Acquire Infielder John McDonald, d’Arnaud to DL http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-acquire-infielder-john-mcdonald.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 05:15:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: Ron Loreski http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-acquire-infielder-john-mcdonald.html#comment-25476 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:08:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48318#comment-25476 McDonald’s addition is only to show increase in payroll for a later excuse.

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By: Todd Smith http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-acquire-infielder-john-mcdonald.html#comment-25456 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:31:27 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48318#comment-25456 Oh noes! The Pirates are spending too much money! And we get no additional value (other than the better offense and defense). DOOOOOM!

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By: Todd Smith http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-acquire-infielder-john-mcdonald.html#comment-25454 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:27:46 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48318#comment-25454 Jordy Mercer: .210/.265/.371
Ivan DeJesus: .205/.253/.247
John McDonald: .249/.295/.386

Seems like a solid upgrade to me.

Happy?

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By: KGBPrime http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-acquire-infielder-john-mcdonald.html#comment-25438 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 12:29:24 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48318#comment-25438 I can’t help but think that the Bucs primarily picked up McDonald because the injury to d’Arnaud opened up a roster spot, which allows the Bucs more time than Arizona to try to trade him elsewhere. If the Bucs can flip McDonald for more than they gave up to get him, then it was a solid move. If they can’t flip McDonald, then they made a lateral move for MI depth at minimal cost (other than perhaps the blow to the confidence of Mercer or DeJesus, and an extra $1 million in salary). Either way, the move appears to me to be a wash, with a chance to turn into a small net positive.

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By: jg941 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-acquire-infielder-john-mcdonald.html#comment-25427 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 02:53:13 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48318#comment-25427 Scott/Todd – regardless of what you believe they all are, what they all actually are are 0.3 WAR backup middle infielders, except McDonald will now cost us $1 million more per year than any of the others while adding NO additional value.

Still seem like an upgrade? If you think so, please explain how.

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By: jg941 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-acquire-infielder-john-mcdonald.html#comment-25426 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 02:49:31 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48318#comment-25426 You conveniently left out the actual comparisons, which are Mercer and DeJesus, who both have more value at the position than McDonald

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By: scottklima http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-acquire-infielder-john-mcdonald.html#comment-25424 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:48:36 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48318#comment-25424 Only thing I can see is that he won’t be playing full time in the majors this year, so might as well get him lots of ABs in AAA. He better get a chance next season to replace Barmes.

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By: scottklima http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-acquire-infielder-john-mcdonald.html#comment-25423 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:47:02 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48318#comment-25423 Letting Mercer play everyday in AAA makes sense to me. McDonald is a HUGE upgrade over Harrison defensively, so maybe Harrison’s time with the Pirates finally ends. I would prefer DeJesus or Harrison over Inge, but I’m afraid that won’t happen.

McDonald honestly is a better bench option than anyone they have now. If Barmes goes down, then Mercer should come up for a full time role. I doubt McDonald ever plays full time this season.

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By: Todd Smith http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-acquire-infielder-john-mcdonald.html#comment-25422 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:41:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48318#comment-25422 Josh Harrison: .233/.279/.345, -9.8 UZR/150 @ SS
John McDonald: .249/.295/.386, +8.5 UZR/150 @ SS

Seems like a solid upgrade to me.

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By: Andy Zibuck http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-acquire-infielder-john-mcdonald.html#comment-25421 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:18:42 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=48318#comment-25421 Just what in the hell are Mercer’s exact shortcomings here? Are there holes in his swing? In what regard? Is he below average with the glove? His profile on this site suggests otherwise, as do many eyes. So just what gives that the org seems to think so little of him?

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