Former Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald has changed sides in the sport's most publicized rivalry. He has been acquired off waivers by the New York Yankees, according to all the Yankees beat writers ... oh, and McDonald himself:
In case that isn't enough, the Yankees have made the official announcement of the acquisition.
McDonald, 33, will merely provide outfield depth for the Yankees, who are still without Brett Gardner. McDonald can handle all three outfield positions, though he's best suited for left field. He was hitting .214/.309/.369 with two homers, nine RBI, 17 runs and seven doubles in 99 plate appearances for the Red Sox before being designated for assignment last week.
While this isn't technically a trade, a move involving these two clubs is quite rare. The last time there was a trade between the Yankees and Red Sox came back in 1997, when Yankees traded a player to be named later and Tony Armas to the Red Sox for Randy Brown and Mike Stanley. The Yankees later sent Jim Mecir to the Red Sox to complete the trade.