Josh Donaldson inks one-year pact with Braves

by Leon Thompson November 29, 2018, 8:43
Josh Donaldson inks one-year pact with Braves

Donaldson agreed to a $23 million U.S., one-year contract, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press on Monday. The salary matches what the third baseman made during a forgettable 2018 season.

When healthy, there is no question as to the type of player that Donaldson can be. It was only three years ago that he captured the MVP award in his first season with Toronto, hitting 41 homers and leading the AL with 123 RBIs. He played in just 16 games with the Indians after an August 31st waiver trade. He had a hip injury in 2016, was slowed by a strained right calf in 2017 and by shoulder inflammation and a calf strain this year.

The short-term deal with the Braves gives Donaldson a chance to show he's healthy and back to form, potentially setting up a huge payday in the next free-agent market.

The Blue Jays wanted to wash their hands of the entire situation, that's how much the relationship had soured.

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Josh Donaldson hit a home run on September 14 of this year and had me thinking the Cleveland Indians had that magic back. In 60 plate appearances, Donaldson had a 146 OPS+, hitting three homers and three doubles while drawing ten walks.

In order to add Donaldson to the 40-man roster, the team has designated pitcher Adam McCreery for assignment. He's dealt with injuries the last two years, though, which is why he didn't get a monster contract in free agency. The slick-fielding Johan Camargo had been penciled in to play third base for Atlanta, but will now most likely be moved around both the infield and outfield.

Suzuki recently signed a two-year deal with NL East rival Washington.

He was with the Braves until 2013, when he departed to play with the Yankees.

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