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MLB News: Braves Big Day, Sign Donaldson and McCann

The proverbial ‘stove’ was set aflame earlier today as the Braves announced the re-signing of catcher Brian McCann to a one-year, $2 Million deal, as well as the signing of third baseman Josh Donaldson to a one-year $23 Million pact.

The club has officially filled their two largest needs, and has grabbed the fan bases’ attention a great deal in acquiring a top Free Agent, as well as signing an old fan favorite.

The acquisition of Josh Donaldson is sure to have Atlanta buzzing, for when the Bringer of Rain is healthy, he is a force to be reckoned with — though many will say that his age will force regression upon him. Atlanta’s General Manager, Alex Anthropolis, had expressed his disinterest early on in signing a Manny Machado or Bryce Harper type, especially seeing as long term deals do tend to bare quite a risk further on down the line, see Albert Pujols, Chris Davis, and so on. But, at a one-year deal, this addition bares no substantial risk for the Braves, while also providing Donaldson his moneys worth.

McCann is expected to have an effect both in the clubhouse and on the field. His exceptional career spans far past his catching skills, seeing as his offensive numbers are certainly nothing to scoff at. Over his fourteen year career, McCann has produced a .263/.338/.454 slash with 270 career big flies. While it is true that his bat is not what it used to be, it can be said that the catcher is due for a bounce back — especially when his new team is the same club that he made six consecutive All-Star appearances with starting as far back as 2005.

The Braves certainly have staked their claim this offseason, and are only just getting started…

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MLB Free Agent Feature: Josh Donaldson

Within this segment, we’ll be breaking down the careers of the top Free Agents on the market. How did they get here? What makes them so enticing to teams? Where could they end up? Let’s find out.

Let’s check in on a man of many names — the great Viking Hoskuld, the Bringer of Rain, the one and only, Josh Donaldson.

Donaldson Displays Dominance…

Joshua Adam Donaldson was born in Pensacola, Florida, and played baseball all throughout high school. He then went on to attend Auburn University, and was selected 48th overall in the 2007 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs. Early in his career, Donaldson was admired for his excellent eye and plate discipline, as well as his power stroke. During the 2008 season, the Cubs and Athletics struck a six player deal that included Donaldson, and the then-catcher spent the entirety of the 2009 season in the Athletics Double A system.

The three-time All Star first debuted in 2010, but it was during the 2012 season that his major league career took flight, and he converted to the hot corner full time. Donaldson began as a split time third baseman, but, as his bat began to heat up, he started playing more and more often. In 2013, Donaldson became the Athletics full time third baseman, as well as their prominent bat. In 2014, Donaldson was traded to the Blue Jays for a four-player package, and proceeded to win the AL MVP Award in 2015 He turned in five straight All-Star caliber seasons from 2013-2017, in which hit hit a total of 164 home runs as well as a combined 491 RBI. Donaldson was also consistently praised for his excellent play of third base, as well as his unyielding drive to win. Though he muddled through last year plagued with injury, Donaldson is sure to see a sizable contract this offseason, and very well may be the best deal of this winter.

Who’s Bringing the Rain?

Donaldson’s age and recent struggles will undoubtedly affect the size and value of his nearing contract, however, that does not change the fact that he is due for a payday.

His primary suitors are the Saint Louis Cardinals, who are becoming less and less likely to land Bryce Harper with every passing moment, and are in dire need of an option at third (or first) base. Had Manny Machado been an option at the hot corner, they may have shown more interest in him, but Machado seems set in his choice to play shortstop.

Other teams that should have interest include the the Los Angeles Angels, the Chicago White Sox, and the Philadelphia Phillies, should they miss on their other big Free Agent targets.

Donaldson, if healthy, will prove an excellent addition to any teams’ lineup, and will serve as an major presence in the clubhouse as well. It is entirely possible that he ends up becoming one of the most undervalued Free Agents of his class, and he might play a much larger role in the 2019 season than many spectators suggest.

My Prediction: The Saint Louis Cardinals, 2 years, $36 Million