The Red Sox made a minor trade to improve their infield depth on Saturday night, obtaining 38-year-old John McDonald from the Phillies for pitching prospect Nefi Ogando.
McDonald is a native of East Lyme, Conn., who played at Providence College and now lives in Scituate. This is the fourth time he has been traded since March 20.
McDonald offers defensive versatility off the bench given his extensive experience at shortstop, second base and third base. He has spent 15 years in the majors with six teams.
Red Sox third base coach Brian Butterfield worked with McDonald when both were with Toronto. McDonald also played for John Farrell for 65 games in 2011.
Offensively, McDonald is 6 for 61 (.098) this season with two extra-base hits and four RBIs. He is a career .235 hitter.
McDonald started this season with Arizona. He was traded to the Pirates in spring training then went to the Indians (June 10) and Phillies (June 27). He has played 45 games in all.
McDonald is expected to join the Red Sox on Sunday. The team will have top open a spot on the 40-man roster for him.
Ogando is a 24-year-old righthander with Single A Salem. He had a 4.09 earned run average in 33 relief appearances this season.