Thursday, June 11, 2009

McDonald catches bad break; trade possible?

John McDonald must feel that he can't catch a break. Marco Scutaro has started every game at shortstop for the Jays this season, relegating McDonald to the bench, yet Scutaro was to be given a day off yesterday against Texas. However, heavy rains forced the game to be postponed. McDonald was then informed he would not be in the starting lineup on Thursday.

Johnny Mac has started just 2 games this season, both at 2nd base, and is being grossly misused as only a pinch runner or defensive specialist in blow out ball games. It's a shame really, because he is a human highlight reel out in the field. If the Blue Jays fall out of contention by the July 31st trade deadline, might they decide to move the valuable McDonald?

If I'm Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein, I'm calling J.P. Ricciardi to inquire about trading for the 34 year old veteran to be my starting shortstop. Julio Lugo is injury prone and not effective when healthy, and incumbent Nick Green has 9 errors already this season. The Sox already have a phenomenal offense, so they could absorb McDonald's light bat and need a dependable shortstop to patrol the infield.

I'm a big fan of Johnny Mac, but he's not playing at all this year unfortunately. The club could probably get a mid level prospect in return for Mac, so would it be prudent to move him? Would they even deal with the hated BoSox?

Blue Jays sign outfielder David Dellucci

The Toronto Blue Jays made a minor move Wednesday, signing 14 year Major League veteran David Dellucci to a minor league contract. He will report to AAA Las Vegas to get some at bats in, and is expected to join the Jays shortly thereafter.

The Jays could use a left handed bat coming off the bench. Joe Inglett battled an injury earlier in this season, playing in only 7 games with Las Vegas before being summoned to the big club. In 9 games with the Jays, Inglett hit just .125

Dellucci hit .275 in 14 games with Cleveland this year, so he can still hit for a decent average and can play all three outfield positions. Let's hope he doesn't turn out to be a disaster like Kevin Mench and Brad Wilkerson were last year.