The Arizona Diamondbacks signed shortstop John McDonald to a two-year contract today. I think it is an interesting move considering the Dbacks have Stephen Drew. This means a couple of things probably. This means the Dbacks have no idea what kind of shape Drew will be come spring or what his availability will be. It also most likely means the end of Willie Bloomquist, who declined his option for next season and has become a free agent.
McDonald hit only .169 in his 59 at-bats after joining the Dbacks at the end of August. He didn’t have quite the impact that Aaron Hill had, which speaks even louder volumes as to the Dbacks uncertainty with Drew. Dbacks general manager Kevin Towers has publicly stated that Hill shouldn’t be give a multi-year deal just based on six weeks of work. So, with McDonald producing much less and getting the multi-year deal speaks volumes.
Bloomquist, who clearly opted for free agency for more money now clearly won’t be getting more money from the Dbacks. It is a little disappointing, however shortstop is McDonald’s natural position. Bloomquist was more of a utility guy, although he spent most of the season playing shortstop in addition to the outfield.