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Pirates acquire infielder John McDonald

The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired infielder John McDonald from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations. The announcement was made by Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.

The 38-year-old McDonald hit .249 (49-for-197) with nine doubles, six home runs, 22 RBI and 16 runs scored in 70 games with the Diamondbacks last season. He also posted a .996 fielding percentage after making one error in 469 total chances in 54 games at shortstop, five at third base and four at second base.

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McDonald made his Major League debut with the Indians in 1999 and has a .239 (547-for-2289) career batting average in 954 games between Cleveland (1999-2004), Toronto (2005-11), Detroit (2005) and Arizona (2011-12).

To make room on the 40-man roster for McDonald, the Pirates have placed infielder Chase d'Arnaud (left thumb surgery) on the 60-day disabled list.

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