The Atlanta Braves were believed to be one of the more aggressive teams this winter, and they are living up to the billing.
On Monday, they reached an agreement with free agent catcher Brian McCann, bringing him back to Atlanta, and now, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, they are signing former AL MVP third baseman Josh Donaldson.
Donaldson has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $23 million deal, pending a physical.
Donaldson in agreement with #Braves on one-year, $23M free-agent contract, sources tell The Athletic. Deal is pending a physical.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 26, 2018
Adding Donaldson reunites him with Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos, who was the one that brought him to Toronto several years back in a trade with the Athletics. It gives Atlanta a much-needed power bat to go along with Freddie Freeman in the middle of the order, and it bridges the gap for top prospect Austin Riley, who the organization views as its future third baseman.
The former AL MVP appeared in only 52 games between the Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians due to injury last year. Donaldson slashed .246/.352/.449 with eight home runs and 23 RBI, but if he returns to form in 2019, the Braves will undoubtedly become World Series favorites fast.