Braves Sign Infielder Josh Donaldson For $23 Million

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ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves today signed INF Josh Donaldson to a one-year contract worth $23 million for the 2019 season. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the club designated LHP Adam McCreery for assignment.

Donaldson, 32, signs with Atlanta after spending the entirety of his eight-year major league career in the American League. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound native of Pensacola, Fla., has batted .275 (906-for-3,292) over 883 career games, reaching base at a .367 clip and compiling a .507 slugging percentage. He was named the American League MVP following the 2015 season, and was selected to the A.L. All-Star team in three consecutive years from 2014-16.

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He split last season between the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians, combining to bat .246 (46-for-187) with eight home runs and 23 RBI. He was limited to just 52 games after three stints on the disabled list, including two trips for a left calf strain.

Donaldson batted .297/.371/.568 over 158 games in his 2015 MVP season and led the A.L. in runs (122), RBI (123) and extra-base hits (84), including a career-best 41 home runs. He became just the second Blue Jays player in franchise history to be named MVP, joining George Bell in 1987. Donaldson also earned the A.L. Hank Aaron Award and his first career Silver Slugger following the season.

Donaldson bats and throws right-handed, and has played 805 of his 883 career games at third base. He ranks second among all active third basemen in slugging percentage (.507, trailing just Nolan Arenado), fifth in home runs (182) and ninth in RBI (551).

Originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Donaldson was traded to the Oakland Athletics in July of 2008 and made his major league debut with the A’s in 2010. He was a three-year starter at Auburn University from 2005-2007, and currently resides in Daphne, Ala.

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