Polanco injury leads Tigers to pick up McDonald

By Jim Callis
July 22, 2005

With Placido Polanco out with a hamstring injury, the Tigers needed a short-term solution to boost their infield depth. They found one Friday, acquiring John McDonald from the Blue Jays for a player to be named later.

The 30-year-old McDonald is a classic good-field, no-hit utility infielder. He has the defensive skills to play every day, including arm strength, range and quick hands. But he offers nothing at the plate, hitting for neither average nor power and drawing few walks. Acquired by the Blue Jays from the Indians in exchange for righthanded pitching prospect Tom Mastny, McDonald hit .289/.336/.320 with no homers and 12 RBIs in 93 at-bats for Toronto. He makes $400,000 this year and will be arbitration-eligible again after the season. He’s a career .239/.279/.310 hitter in 324 games.

Update: The Tigers completed the deal by sending cash considerations to the Blue Jays.