Sep 25, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Darnell McDonald (54) runs to second base after hitting a double during the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Cubs outfielder Darnell McDonald elects free agency


Chicago Cubs outfielder Darnell McDonald elected to pursue free agency after being designated for assignment by the team late last week.

McDonald, 34, has spent his seven-year big league career bouncing from organization to organization, spending time with the Orioles, Twins, Reds, Red Sox, Yankees and most recently, the Cubs. This season in Chicago, McDonald hit .302 with one home run and five RBIs in 25 games, notching the highest batting average of his career, albeit in limited action.

For his career, McDonald is averaging ten home runs and 41 RBIs with a .250 average per 162 games. That being said, McDonald has appeared in more than 100 games just one time – in 2010 with Boston – but generally plays between 50 and 70 games each season. The aforementioned 2010 season was one of his best, when he hit nine home runs and drove in 34 runs for Boston while appearing in 117 games.

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