I'm not sure how a writer from a Connecticut outlet would hear about this first. At the same time, I'm not sure why a writer from a Connecticut paper would think to make up a John McDonald-to-Cleveland rumor, so I don't have any reason to not trust the report. Plus, the Pirates will need to clear a spot on their 40-man roster for Gerrit Cole, and there's no need for McDonald with Jordy Mercer doing so well in the majors and Chase d'Arnaud healthy in the minors. So it all adds up. I'll update this with more if more information comes out ...
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