Braves sign former Blue Jay Josh Donaldson to one-year contract


Moves like the one to sign Donaldson will continue to happen as long as the Indians are contenders.

Donaldson agreed to a $23 million deal, the Braves confirmed Monday night.

McCann battled injuries for much of 2018, lead the Astros to acquire Martin Maldonado at the non-waiver trade deadline.

While McCann's signing is sure to be popular with the fan base, the acquisition of Donaldson figures to be far more significant to the team's fortunes in 2019.

There was also a real worry that Donaldson would simply accept the Jays' QO, which would've locked him into one more season in Toronto at $17.9 million.

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Donaldson, who averaged almost 33 homers and 98 RBI in a five-year stretch through 2017 before an injury-plagued 2018 season, will be introduced at a late-morning news conference Monday at SunTrust Park as the Braves certainly have stoked the hot stove coming out of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Donaldson played in just 52 games in 2018, finishing with a.246 batting average and.801 OPS to go along with eight homers.

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. He was a centerpiece of Toronto's powerhouse offense that made the playoffs in 2015 and 2016, and he led the league with 41 home runs and 123 RBIs while winning the MVP in 2015. In his first three seasons with the Blue Jays, Donaldson hit.285/.387/.559 with 94 doubles and 111 home runs.

The Braves will now need to shift third baseman Johan Camargo to either shortstop or the outfield to make room for Donaldson. He's dealt with injuries the last two years, though, which is why he didn't get a monster contract in free agency. He hit.212 with seven homers and 23 RBIs in 63 games this year, missing 53 games because of arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in July.

"I have to get him something nice", McCann said.