McCann Back With The Braves

McCann Back With The Braves

McCann Back With The Braves

Though it was only 113 games - again, injury - Donaldson hit.270/.385/.559 (148 OPS+) with 33 homers in 2017.

McCann's deal is also for one year but at just $2 million, an agreement first reported by MLB.com's Mark Bowman. He has since spent three years with the Yankees and two with the Astros.

Donaldson, 32, won the 2015 American League MVP with the Blue Jays and had another great season in 2016, but only managed to play in 165 total games in the past two years. In fact, if Donaldson is healthy then this could end up being the signing of the offseason.

Donaldson, hampered by shoulder inflammation and calf issues, played just 36 games for Toronto in 2018 and was traded to the Cleveland Indians on August 31. The 32-year-old was limited to just 52 Major League Baseball games last season due to a calf injury, resulting in a drop in production.

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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 dealt to Cleveland by the Blue Jays on August 31.

Atlanta's signing of Donaldson raises questions about the future of 24-year-old Johan Camargo, who had a breakout season at third base.

The Braves designated left-handed pitcher Adam McCreery for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Donaldson. He hit.272 with 19 homers and 76 RBIs before going 0 for 15 in a Division Series loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. It is the smart route considering the Indians can add top talent late in the year for cheap, as opposed to sinking too much of the payroll into one player on a long-term deal. Donaldson, on the other hand, remains a threat to hit 30-plus home runs and 80 to 100 RBIs.

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