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Red Sox acquire veteran IF McDonald from Phillies

The Canadian Press

8/31/2013 8:53:37 PM

BOSTON -- The Red Sox acquired infielder John McDonald in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

McDonald adds depth all over the infield and gives AL East-leading Boston an experienced glove for the stretch drive. Because the move was made by the end of August, McDonald is eligible to play for Red Sox in the post-season.

The Phillies received minor league right-hander Nefi Ogando in the deal.

The 38-year-old McDonald has spent 15 years in the majors. He has played for Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Philadelphia this season, hitting .098 with a homer and four RBIs in 61 at-bats and 45 games.

He hit .174 in 21 games with the Phillies.

"Sometimes things don't work out," McDonald said after Philadelphia's 4-3 loss at the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. "I've made my way East on every team. I don't know if this is baseball's way of telling something.

"Obviously, I wish things had gone better this year. I wish I had swung the bat better. I can't put my finger on why it hasn't happened. In baseball, when you get the opportunity, you have to take advantage of it."

The 24-year-old Ogando was 2-3 with a 4.09 ERA and three saves for Class-A Salem this season. He made 33 relief appearances covering 55 innings.

The Phillies also sent cash to Boston as part of the deal.