7:27 pm: The signing now the official, With The Braves announcing it.
1:35 pm: The Braves have made Reportedly largests-the free-agent strike of-the offseason so rat, agreeing to terms on a one-year Contract With Former American League MVP Josh Donaldson. The A contract the said to Guarantee Donaldson-the Same $ 23mm salary and he earned in 2018 and Will give-the MVP Sports client an Opportunity to re-enter 'free agency Next winter – hopefully are on the Heels of a HEALTHIER, more productive season Than-the injury ruined Which campaign through 2018 he just struggled.
Donaldson, 33 in December, Was limited to just 219 plate appearances Print year as he battled a shoulder issue early in the-season and a Calf injury That cost roughly three months of action Him. He posted a solid pocket unspectacular .246 / .352 / .449 batting line eight homers and whens healthy – Production ABOVES-average Relative to-the Rest of the league tremendously pocket a rat cry from The composite .282 / .377 / .524 batting From 2013-17 he logged line.
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If healthy, Donaldson Will give an imposing Braves lineup Already a massive boost – to say-nothing Defense of top shelf at-the hot corner. Already thought Atlanta at third base glovework premium thanks to Johan Camargo, Pocket-the Braves Will now have to deploy the-Camargo luxury at a number of positions. Camargo, soon to turn 25, can give some cover-the Braves at third base, shortstop and second base at least-the-very. Speculatively speaking, it would not BE a surprise to see Atlanta try Him in-the-outfield corners During Spring Training as well; ow Camargo proved capable, deploy-the Braves Could Him in a Marwin Gonzalez or Ben Zobrist-esque fashion, granting Him fairly REGULAR at-bats whiles spelling Donaldson, Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies, Amongs others.
The agreement marks a reunion Donaldson With Between-the slugger and general manager Alex Anthopoulos. The pair are well acquainted From Anthopoulos-time as-the Blue Jays' general manager, That With The trade to Toronto brought` Donaldson standing out as one of the-Successful Moves must Anthopoulos of front-office career. (Kendall Graveman, Franklin Barreto, Sean Nolin and Brett Lawrie strating to-the A's in return.)
The salary and $ 23mm, With The combined Reported $ 2mm-the Braves Will pay salary and fellow free agent Addition Brian McCannWill push Atlanta's Opening Day payroll projection to just north of $ 117MM. That's Already just about $ 1mm Shy of their 2018 mark and $ 5mm Shy of the-for-time record franchise, so it SEEM Apparent That-the Braves' NL East title and Emerging core have spurred ownership To Become more aggressive in school terms of payroll. By Adding Donaldson to-the heart of a lineup features ALSO That Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuña and perennial MVP candidate Freddie Freeman, The-Braves have made an early splash That Significant'll have ramification on-the 2019 division race Additional and put pressure on rivals like-the Phillies, Mets and Nationals Act to Further BOLSTER to their rosters as They Seek to kicking in a rapidly Improving Competitive division .