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Braves get Hot Stove cooking, ink both Josh Donaldson, Brian McCann

Rob Bradford
November 26, 2018 - 3:45 pm

One major league source suggested earlier last week that it wouldn't be until we were free and clear of the Thanksgiving holiday that free agency would truly start to define itself. Judging by the Braves' two signings Monday they would seem to have been on to something.

According to multiple reports, Atlanta came to terms with two names who should be familiar to Red Sox followers -- Josh Donaldson and Brian McCann.

As was first reported by The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the agreement between the Braves and Donaldson is for one year at $23 million, the same amount the third baseman made in 2018. 

The short-term deal allows the almost-33-year-old the chance to establish his market after succumbing to various injuries last season while playing for both Toronto and Cleveland. 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.

Donaldson played in just 52 games in 2018, finishing with a .246 batting average and .801 OPS to go along with eight homers. He did hit 33 home runs in just 113 games 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. The 34-year-old had finished the five-year, $80 million deal signed with the Yankees, having spent the last two seasons as an Astro. He figures to share time with Tyler Flowers.

McCann battled injuries for much of 2018, lead the Astros to acquire Martin Maldonado at the non-waiver trade deadline. In 63 games he hit just .212 with a .640 OPS and seven homers.

According to Rosenthal, the catcher's agent, B.B. Abbott, said McCann was motivated to return to Atlanta, where he sent his first nine major league seasons.

 

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