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Darnell McDonald | Outfielder

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (35) / 11/17/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Darnell McDonald has joined the Cubs' front office as a baseball operations assistant.
McDonald officially announced his retirement on April 6 after batting .250/.314/.397 over parts of seven major league seasons. The 35-year-old was hired to his new role Tuesday by Cubs president Theo Epstein. Apr 15 - 4:08 PM

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Darnell McDonald has announced his retirement from baseball.

McDonald made the announcement Saturday on his Instagram account. The 35-year-old never got an extended look as a regular but carved out a nice career for himself, batting .250/.314/.397 over parts of seven major league seasons with six different teams.
Apr 6 - 12:42 PM

Cubs reassigned OF Darnell McDonald to minor league camp.

McDonald hit just .222/.344/.296 over 15 games this spring. He'll provide depth at Triple-A.
Mar 24 - 7:26 PM

Cubs re-signed OF Darnell McDonald to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

McDonald was outrighted off the Cubs' 40-man roster in early October, but the two sides maintained mutual interest and were able to work out a non-guaranteed deal for 2014. McDonald, 35, batted .302/.351/.434 in 57 plate appearances this past season for Chicago. He's a .250/.314/.397 career hitter in the major leagues.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 11:59:00 AM

Cubs sent OF Darnell McDonald outright to Triple-A Iowa.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. McDonald, who turns 35 in November, batted .302 (16-for-53) with one home run and five RBI in 25 games with the Cubs this season.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 11:26:00 AM

Darnell McDonald hit a three-run homer and doubles twice to lead the Cubs offense on Wednesday.

The homer was his first in 51 at-bats for the Cubs this season. In fact, he had just two extra-base hits total before collecting three today. This will give him something to remember his Cubs tenure by after he's dropped from the 40-man roster next month.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 06:29:00 PM

Cubs purchased the contract of OF Darnell McDonald from Triple-A Iowa.

McDonald is hitting just .236/.307/.346 this year in Triple-A. He is doubtful to hold fantasy value.
Sat, Aug 10, 2013 04:32:00 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Cubs are prepared to call up outfielder Darnell McDonald.

This is assuming that Dioner Navarro will require a trip to the disabled list for his ankle injury. McDonald, 34, is hitting .236/.307/.346 with four home runs and 26 RBI in 92 games with the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate this season.
Fri, Aug 9, 2013 06:33:00 PM

Cubs signed OF Darnell McDonald to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

McDonald posted a .205/.297/.352 batting line in 103 plate appearances last season between the Red Sox and Yankees. He'll function as outfield depth for the Cubs.
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 03:48:00 PM

Darnell McDonald has elected free agency.

McDonald has six years of minor league service time and was granted his release. He'll look to compete for a roster spot in spring training next season. Blake DeWitt (Cubs), Brian Bixler (Astros), and Evan Meek (Pirates) have also elected free agency.
Sat, Oct 6, 2012 11:57:00 AM

Yankees sent OF Darnell McDonald outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

McDonald successfully passed through waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this week. He'll serve as outfield depth at the Triple-A level.
Thu, Jul 19, 2012 05:49:00 PM

Yankees designated OF Darnell McDonald for assignment.

McDonald managed no hits and struck out twice in his four plate appearances with the Yankees. The 33-year-old outfielder seems likely to draw interest on waivers.
Tue, Jul 17, 2012 04:24:00 PM

Yankees claimed OF Darnell McDonald off waivers from the Red Sox.

McDonald confirmed the news via his Twitter account Wednesday. The 33-year-old was designated for assignment by the Red Sox over the weekend after batting just .214/.309/.369 in 99 plate appearances this year, but he plays all three outfield positions and comes in handy against southpaws. He'll officially join the Bombers on Friday in Boston.
Wed, Jul 4, 2012 02:22:00 PM

Red Sox designated OF Darnell McDonald for assignment.

The move clears roster space for Josh Beckett, who has been cleared to return from the disabled list. Should McDonald pass through waivers, he could accept an assignment and head to Triple-A Pawtucket. He was hitting just .214/.309/.369 with two homers and nine RBI in 38 games with the Sox.
Sat, Jun 30, 2012 05:22:00 PM

According to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo, Darnell McDonald is the corresponding move for Josh Beckett's return from the disabled list.

It's not clear if he'll be designated for assignment or placed on the DL. McDonald is currently behind Ryan Kalish and Daniel Nava and may not be completely recovered from an oblique injury. The Red Sox will announce an official move prior to Saturday's game.
Sat, Jun 30, 2012 02:28:00 PM

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