ATLANTA – Josh Donaldson needed Braves. Braves was in need of Donaldson.
So this combination seems perfect.
The third base was officially presented at the Braves in Atlanta on Wednesday, a favorite group of children. Donaldson reached an agreement for one year and $ 23 million in money, which both parties want the flexibility they want.
"We were looking for a part of our half request," said CEO Alex Anthopoulos at the SunTrust Park press conference, after less than 24 hours, announcing the recruitment of Brian McCann's stonemason. "We need to find a way to do this."
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Donaldson paid a lot of money to look for a team and gave him the chance to be healthy after three campaigns. He will get the same wage in the last season and he will have the right attitude in order to gain more winners when he regains a form that designates the most valuable player.
In addition, you can play with the group you support as a child. Donaldson originally from Pensacola, Florida, and Auburn's Collegiate Baseball, two hours away by SunTrust Park by car.
"I was a fan of Braves," he remembered. & # 39; & # 39; My favorite first player was Ron Gant. It was a circle in the first game of Braves, since I was first in the first league game, at the age of 12. I will turn 32 (next week) and dress and take pride in this sweater. & # 39; & # 39;
Commencing a year to Donaldson, Braves will be a priority and financial flexibility will remain long since 2019. Atlanta, the National League East Division, has some of the greatest talents of the Mayors. Venezuelan Ronald Acuña Jr., won the Gold Rookie of the Old Circuit.
In these circumstances, Braves did not want a transaction that would slow his long-term advancement.
"I think it's a win-win situation," said Anthopoulos. & # 39; & # 39; We love Josh. We are glad But it's a one-year deal. Over a year we do not know what will happen, we hope to throw the champagne back to our minds and we hope to be the most valuable player ever. Then the problem would be very desirable. & # 39; & # 39;
Donaldson was the most valuable player in the League of America in 2015 when he passed 41 domestic runs and made a 123-year investment in his first year. Toronto tile It was bought by Oakland Athletics by Antropoulos, the CEO of Toronto.
While Donaldson's other two seasons of more than 30 years, the 2016 hip injuries and the right calf in 2017, he reduced his production.
In the last campaign, he limited 52 games, swelling of the shoulders and calf problems. He got 24 rounds with eight sections and 23 RBIs.
Cleveland Indians sold a commercial loan on August 31 and played 16 games with the Indian, because it was enough to persuade Braves to recover from their many evils.
"The size of the sample was small, but it looked fantastic," said Anthopoulos. "We've always known Josh, the best of this sport."