Update: Yankees claim Darnell McDonald off waivers from Red Sox


The Yankees have claimed Darnell McDonald off waivers from the Red Sox, who cut him last weekend. McDonald first broke the news on his Twitter feed and the team has since confirmed the move. He’ll will join the Yankees in Fenway Park on Friday and that’s when the team will make the corresponding 25-man roster move. To make room on the 40-man roster, the recently claimed Chris Schwinden was designated for assignment.

McDonald, 33, has hit just .214/.309/.369 in 99 plate appearances for the Red Sox this year but over the last three seasons he’s hit a respectable .252/.323/.413. He does most of his damage against southpaws, owning a .277/.345/.441 batting line against left-handers in his career. McDonald can play all three outfield spots well enough and is out of options, meaning he can’t be sent to the minors without first clearing waivers.

The Yankees can send David Phelps down following today’s start since CC Sabathia is coming back after the All-Star break, which means they’d have a five-man bench for the Red Sox series. It’s worth noting that Boston is scheduled to start three left-handed pitchers — Jon Lester, Franklin Morales, and Felix Doubront — this weekend. Nice and sneaky little move if they picked up McDonald just for that series.

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  1. Cy Pettitte says:


  2. Knoxvillain says:

    Eh. I hear he’s a good clubhouse guy. He’ll probably be in the minors anyway. Unless Wise was traded for Hamels, right?

  3. Andy Pettitte's Fibula (formerly Manny's BanWagon) says:

    I can’t imaging why they want this scrub unless with a series coming up this weekend in Fenway, the want someone who knows the best places to order fried chicken and beer in Boston.

  4. Kosmo says:

    I wish that did it for me . Oh well.

  5. Crime Dog says:

    Passes the better than Dewayne Wise test for me

      • Crime Dog says:

        Look up their track histories. Similar numbers where D-Mac might add a little more power. With Gardner coming back pretty soon (hopefully), a righty 5th OF is more valuable than a lefty one.

        • Crime Dog says:

          Wise’s recent (literally one week) surge shouldn’t make him appear better than what he is.

          • Get Phelps Up says:

            They should at least wait until Dewayne Wise turns back into Dewayne Wise before replacing him.

            • Crime Dog says:

              Yeah, he won’t be replaced till after the AS Game. And by then they’ll probably just DFA whichever is struggling. If D-Mac got all the way through waivers to the Yankees, there’s also the chance he could pass through if they DFA him and keep him stashed away in AAA.

              • Mike Axisa says:

                This might just be a move for the weekend. Boston is throwing three LHP in the four games, then DFA McDonald next week.

                • Get Phelps Up says:

                  So Jones DHing, McDonald in LF? It seems strange that they would deviate from Jeter or A-Rod DHing and Nix playing 3B or SS.

                  • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

                    Double header on Saturday, with I believe both lefties for Boston. Good chance McDonald is in CF for one of those games.

                • Crime Dog says:

                  If Gardner comes back in two weeks or so (I’ve lost track of when he’s due back), is it possible that Gardner replaces Wise? Otherwise of your OFs (Swish, Grandy, Wise, Gardy, and I guess Raul/Jones), 4 are lefty hitting. Might want some more balance off the bench with Gardy comes back.

                  You know what’s amazing? If Nix sticks around, the Yankees could have 7 guys who can/have played the OF this season (Jones, and especially Raul shouldn’t really be out there)

                  • G says:

                    Jones isn’t bad…. Defensive metrics rate him positively. IbaƱez is a different story, but the instincts that made him the game’s premiere defender for years still allow him to play solid defense.

          • Ricky says:

            But Wise is a better pitcher than D-Mac!

  6. JohnC says:

    Keep Wise. Dump Jones. He’s dead weight. At least Wise has some speed and can steal a base if we need it in the late innings and play good defense

  7. Cuso says:

    What the heck? This is how you reward Wise? This isn’t right.

  8. Brian S. says:

    I bet Darnell feels fantastic to get away from Boston. He’ll actually be able to share the locker room facilities with the other players on our team like he couldn’t in Boston.

  9. Adam says:

    Um wow, this does surprise me. Boy, Boston fans are going to be mad.

  10. Cuso says:

    Wait does he hit right-handed? Maybe he’s the counterpart to Wise then? I thought he hit lefty for some reason.

    • Crime Dog says:

      Hits righty, and I don’t see why you would need a counterpart to a borderline 4th OFer. He’s probably going to take Wise’s job, depending on whether the Yankees would rather have a RHB or LHB

      • Cuso says:

        Why are you so confident that McDonald > Wise. I’m not seeing it. Yes a lefty bat trumps a righty bat at YS3. Especially one that has already been integrated into the clubhouse and waited patiently and done all that’s asked of him.

        I guarantee you that if they jettison Wise in favor of McDonald it wouldn’t play well in the clubhouse.

        • Crime Dog says:

          I’m not really confident that McDonald is better than Wise. I really don’t care if they reverse roles or if Mcdonald takes Wise’s job. I personally like Wise, and think he’s done everything that’s asked of him. I just think it is wise (no pun intended) to have backup in case he turns back into Dewayne Wise.

  11. NYCSPORTZFAN says:

    becasue the yanks sign every single scrub they can get there hands on… Forget promting our own guys when u can have Jason Bulger, John Maine, Nelson Figueroa, Manny Delcarmen, Ramon Ortiz, Jack Cust, Russ Branyan, the dude from the pirates, SHwindenn, and now Mcdonald..

    • Crime Dog says:

      Every organization in the majors signs guys like these to fill the Org/maybe have a shot to contribute. It’s why guys like Wise, Qualls, etc can add value to the big league club. If your organization is just prospects and young guys, then you’re living in a fairy tale land.

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

      None of the guys on your list have actually played for the Yankees. Somebody has to fill out the minor league rosters. McDonald is very likely only temporary.

    • Steve (different one) says:

      Lol. I know you are still bitter because the Yankees never gave Jorge Vazquez a shot and now he’s tearing up the majors. Oh wait.

    • Steve (different one) says:

      I agree, Phelps should have gotten the start today over Ortiz.

  12. Crime Dog says:

    Yankees are gonna see Lester and Morales (and Doubront? I’m not sure) this weekend. McDonald>Wise against lefties, no doubt about it.

  13. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    I heard Wise will get traded straight up for Hamels and Cash? This explains it, both are ballers

  14. Chris Hansen's Wife says:

    This article fails to note that you can add a 26th player to the roster for doubleheader games…..new rule

    • Mike says:

      The added player can play both games or just 1?

      • IRememberCelerinoSanchez says:

        Both. But it has to be the same guy for both games (that is, you can’t bring up one guy for game 1 and a different guy for game 2).

        Having said that, like Mike wrote, it’s far more likely they’ll send Phelps down and bring up a pitcher for the 26th guy (Girardi hinted it’s Wade).

  15. Monterowasdinero says:

    They have Aceves. We have McDonald. Everybody needs an edge.

  16. Bunt Gardner says:

    At least this move made everyone stop talking about replacement catchers for a while.

    Seriously, guys, it’s just a depth move. No reason to get up in arms over it.

  17. Ted Nelson says:

    Love how much people overreact to marginal moves.

  18. Mike says:

    How many American League benches have 5 players on it? Now our pitchers have to face the Red Sox and we only have 6 arms in the bullpen in a 4 game series. Hoping at least 3 of our 4 SP go at least 6 innings, and while most have done that lately, it’s not easy to do against a team like Boston.

    • Mike says:

      Nevermind, I forgot you can add a 26h player on the roster for a double header.

      • IRememberCelerinoSanchez says:

        Plus, if they send down Phelps, who is in the rotation now, it doesn’t affect the number of relievers (since Phelps started today and wouldn’t be available until Sunday the earliest). So even with the extra OF, they’ll be plus one reliever on that Saturday.

  19. Greg c89 says:

    I like McDonald simply for the fact that he was a big money prospect who seemed to choose MLB over the NFL, never made it and wasn’t really given a shot after he lost his prospect status but still toiled away in AAA for most of a decade and persevered to finally make a MLB roster in his 30s and stick for major parts of 4 seasons as a bench guy and good clubhouse dude. I also got to see him play in my hometowns in both A and AAA. As far as his value as a MLB player for the Yankees- I just hope he doesn’t misplay too many balls and the fans aren’t too hard on him. Keep in mind he’s a marginal 5th OFer, because that’s what he is.

  20. AK says:

    Guys, whatever their respective OF merits, let’s agree on one thing: Wise > McDonald as a relief pitcher! :)

  21. AK says:

    Guys, whatever their respective OF merits, let’s agree on one thing: Wise > McDonald as a relief pitcher!

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