McDade comes to Cleveland after a successful 2012 season which saw him hit well in stops at both Toronto's Double-A affiliate in New Hampshire and their Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas. In the two stops, McDade combined to bat .285 with 19 doubles, 17 home runs and 67 RBI's, and the switch-hitter also batted .298 against right-handed pitching. In addition, McDade played his best baseball to end the 2012 regular season, batting .338 in the month of September in Triple-A Las Vegas.
McDade is a 2007 sixth-round pick of the Blue Jays, and in 2010 was named the MVP of Toronto's Class-A club in Dunedin. He was also a 2011 Eastern League All-Star in New Hampshire.
To make room for McDade, the Indians have designated left-handed pitcher Chris Seddon for assignment.