James McDonald has elected free agency. Photo by Mark Olson.

According to the MLB.com transactions page (h/t to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish), James McDonald has elected free agency after being outrighted to Indianapolis. The Pirates designated him for assignment last week, and he cleared waivers in the process. He's now eligible to sign with any team for the remainder of the season.

It was about 14 months ago that McDonald started his downward trend that led to this move. He had a 2.37 ERA heading into the All-Star break. Then on July 13th he gave up five runs, four earned, in 4.2 innings. That started a second half slide where he put up a 7.52 ERA in 61 innings of work.

McDonald didn't start well this season. He gave up one run in seven innings in his first start of the year,...

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