The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with shortstop John McDonald on a two-year contract. McDonald appeared in 19 games with the Diamondbacks in 2011 after playing 65 games with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 37-year-old McDonald fills a need at shortstop for the Diamondbacks. His signing likely means the end of Willie Bloomquist's time in Arizona. Stephen Drew is recovering from an ankle injury and may not be ready to play once the 2012 season starts. Arizona can use McDonald as needed if Drew does not return for the early part of next season.
McDonald played 18 games at shortstop for the Diamondbacks last season and made 15 starts. He hit .169 with two doubles and two RBIs last season after being traded by the Blue Jays.
McDonald has batted .238 with 93 doubles, 14 triples, 21 home runs and 179 RBIs in his 13 MLB seasons. He has played second base, third base and left field during his career, though most of his time has been spent at shortstop.
With McDonald's signing, the Diamondbacks have 32 players on their 40-man roster.