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09.01.2019 03:54
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ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves needed Josh Donaldson.Call this one a perfect match.The slugging third baseman was officially introduced to Atlanta on Tuesday Brandin Cooks Jersey Elite , joining the team he cheered for as a youngster. Donaldson agreed to a $23 million, one-year deal that provides the sort of flexibility both sides wanted.“We were looking for a middle-of-the-order bat,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos said after a news conference at SunTrust Park, less than 24 hours after the team announced the signing of catcher Brian McCann .“We had to find a way to get it done.”Donaldson was looking for a team that would pay him big bucks, while giving him a chance to show he’s healthy after three injury-plagued seasons. He’ll make the same salary he received this past season, while setting himself up for a much more lucrative deal if he returns to MVP form.Plus, he gets to play with his favorite team from childhood. Donaldson is a native of Pensacola, Florida who played his college baseball at Auburn — about a two-hour drive from SunTrust Park.“I was a huge Braves fan coming up,” he said. “My very first favorite player was Ron Gant. It’s a very full circle from coming to my very first Braves game, my first major league baseball game, when I was about 12 years old to now being 32 years old (next week), being able to wear this jersey and wear it with pride.”By only committing to Donaldson for a year, the NL East-winning Braves addressed their top priority while leaving themselves with plenty of financial flexibility beyond 2019. They have some of the most talented young players in the game, led by NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr., and didn’t want to make a move that impeded their long-term progress.“I think it’s a win-win across the board,” Anthopoulos said. “We love Josh. We’re thrilled to have him. But it’s a one-year deal. Beyond one year, we don’t know what’s going to happen, other than we hope we’re pouring champagne over each other’s heads and he’s had an MVP year again. It would be a good problem to have.”Donaldson was AL MVP in 2015 after hitting 41 homers and leading the league with 123 RBIs in his first year with the Blue Jays. He was acquired from Oakland in a blockbuster deal engineered by Anthopoulos, who was then Toronto’s general manager.While Donaldson followed up with two more 30-plus-homer seasons, a hip injury in 2016 and a strained right calf in 2017 cut into his production. This past season, Donaldson was limited to 52 games by shoulder inflammation and more calf issues , hitting .246 with just eight homers and 23 RBIs. He was dealt to Cleveland on Aug. 31 and played 16 games with the Indians, enough to persuade the Braves that he’s fully recovered from myriad health issues.“The sample size was small, but he looked fantastic,” Anthopoulos said. “He looked like the Josh we’ve always known, one of the best players in the game.”After taking over at the Braves’ GM, Anthopoulos brought along much of the training staff that worked for him in Toronto. That was another factor in Donaldson’s decision to sign with the Braves.“They know how to keep me on the field,” he said.Donaldson is not looking beyond 2019, but he doesn’t consider himself a rent-a-player.“I’m not somebody who wants to bounce around,” he said. “I would hope that this could be the last place that I play. That being said, that’s not what I focus on. I’ve never really focused on free agency and any stuff like that. I’ve focused on going out there and helping my team win ballgames and helping my team become better.”What about Johan Camargo, who had 19 homers and 76 RBIs in his first full season as the Braves’ third baseman?Anthopoulos wants to turn Camargo into a super sub who plays all four infield positions, serves as the top pinch-hitter and maybe even gets some time in the outfield. The bench was a major shortcoming for Braves in 2018, which was especially apparent in the postseason when light-hitting Ryan Flaherty was included on the 25-man roster.“We’re going to give guys more days off,” said Anthopoulos, who described Camargo as “a big part of our lineup. He’s going to continue to play.”Even though the Braves will continue to pursue additional pitching for both the rotation and the bullpen, Anthopoulos was most concerned about bolstering an offense that ranked ninth in the NL with 175 homers and tailed off significantly in the second half.The Braves averaged just over 5 runs per game through the first half, but that dipped to 4.35 over the final 81 games. The offensive woes were especially apparent in the NL division series, when Atlanta was shut out twice and scored just eight runs in a four-game loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers .“It’s not something we wanted to announce, because we can still improve in the bullpen and in the rotation,” Anthopoulos said. “But the offense, more than anything else Authentic Robert Woods Jersey , we wanted to protect.” Positives are hard to find for the bottom feeders of Major League Baseball.The trade deadline presents struggling franchises with an opportunity to recoup their losses and invest in their future by bringing in prospects in exchange for stars who can make an impact for contending teams.Most of the last-place teams in the American and National Leagues have already been mentioned in the rumor mill, and as contenders get more desperate to make additions, more speculation about potential moves will come about.Below is a look at the latest buzz surrounding teams that are expected to be sellers over the next two weeks. Baltimore OriolesBaltimore's first, and most important, order of business was taken care of Wednesday, as Manny Machado was shipped to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a quintet of prospects.Baltimore Orioles OriolesThe Orioles have acquired OF Yusniel D铆az, INF Rylan Bannon, RHP Breyvic Valera, RHP Dean Kremer, and RHP Zach Pop from the L.A. Dodgers in exchange for INF Manny Machado. #BirdlandSince the only thing the Orioles have to play for is the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 MLB draft, they should be one of the top sellers at the trade deadline.The top target remaining on the roster of the fifth-place team in the AL East is Zach Britton, who is generating interest from a handful of teams.According to's Brittany Ghiroli, interest is picking up in Britton with Machado off to Los Angeles:Brittany Ghiroli Britt_GhiroliWhen Machado is officially traded, Orioles could move quickly on Britton. Interest in him has picked up steam.In addition to Britton, Mychal Givens could be on the move, as MLB Network's Jon Morosi noted the Indians are among the teams that have discussed a deal for the 28-year-old pitcher.Jon Morosi jonmorosiSource: #Indians and #Orioles have discussed Mychal Givens, among numerous players, in recent trade talks. Cleveland is prioritizing controllable relievers comfortable with appearances of 4+ outs, and that describes Givens. MLB MLBNetworkThe Indians could also be in play for outfielder Adam Jones, as Morosi noted the AL teams have been in contact about multiple players:Jon Morosi jonmorosiAdam Jones to #Indians is among the viable trade possibilities as Baltimore and Cleveland continue dialogue on multiple players. Indians looking for a right-handed outfield bat. Jim Leyland raved about Jones鈥?leadership qualifies in WBCBaseball. 馃嚭馃嚫 MLBNetwork MLBWith a rebuild in full effect with Machado out the door, it would be wise of the Orioles to dump Britton Robert Woods Jersey Elite , Givens and Jones if possible in order to reload their farm system with prospects.By trading away most of the marquee names on their roster, the Orioles also give younger players an opportunity to gain experience in the majors, which could be a valuable asset two or three years down the road. San Diego PadresSan Diego offloaded its top trade target Thursday, as Brad Hand was shipped to the Indians along with Adam Cimber in exchange for catcher/outfielder Francisco Mejia.San Diego Padres PadresOFFICIAL: The #Padres acquire top prospect C/OF Francisco Mej铆a from the Indians; send LHP Brad Hand and RHP Adam Cimber to Cleveland: 4QkmsU09qn oCN6WsEQ5EAlthough the Padres only got one player in return for Hand, who is under contract until 2021, they received one of the top prospects in baseball.According to, Mejia is the No. 15 prospect in baseball, which gives the Padres nine of the top 100 prospects.Hand might not be the only player leaving the Padres before July 31, as they've received significant interest in Kirby Yates and some in Tyson Ross as well, per's Mark Feinsand:Mark Feinsand FeinsandThe Hand deal could be just the first of many for the Padres. A source says San Diego has drawn significant interest in RHP Kirby Yates, and to a lesser degree, RHP Tyson Ross.Yates is 3-0 with 48 strikeouts in 39 appearances out of the bullpen, which is depleted after Hand and Cimber were sent to Cleveland.Ross could be an intriguing option for the teams in need of starting pitchers, but there will be concerns about his consistency, as he gave up 15 earned runs in his first two starts in July.The 31-year-old hasn't picked up a victory since June 3, but his last outing against the Dodgers, in which he gave up three hits and two earned runs in 6.1 innings, gave potential suitors an insight in to what he can do on a winning team.The Padres already received an ideal return for their top trade target, so any other players they receive in potential trades for Ross and Yates are an added bonus to their haul. Kansas City RoyalsJust three years after winning the World Series, the Kansas City Royals are languishing in the cellar of the AL Central at 27-68.While most of the stars from that squad have moved on, one key component remains on the roster , at least for now.With Machado off the market, Mike Moustakas is one of the most intriguing players left on the trade market, and there's plenty of interest in the 29-year-old third baseman.According to's Jerry Crasnick, the Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves have interest in Moustakas, as well as the New York Yankees:Jerry Crasnick jcrasnickThe #RedSox and #Braves are both interested in Mike Moustakas as a trade deadline acquisition, sources say. The #Yankees have already been mentioned as a potential landing spot. Theres enough of a market for Moose that its more likely than not the Royals deal him this month.Moustakas has 19 home runs and 58 RBI in 91 games for the Royals, and if he continues on his current pace, he'll eclipse his career highs in both categories.The market for Moustakas will be established based on the right fit. For example, Philadelphia was a better fit for Machado since he could've filled a void at shortstop. If Moustakas were to be traded to the Phillies, they'd have to shuffle around their infield.The Braves, Yankees and Red Sox would be more natural fits for Moustakas, as they have holes to fill at third base.There might be another Royals infielder on the move before July 31, as second baseman Whit Merrifield could generate some interest.Fancred's Jon Heyman reported before the All-Star break that the Milwaukee Brewers, Phillies and Red Sox were mentioned as potential trade partners with Kansas City.Merrifield is batting .307 with 109 hits, five home runs, 30 RBI and 17 stolen bases. As a well-rounded part of the lineup, the 29-year-old would be a nice addition to a contender, but unfortunately for the Royals, he would come at a cheaper price than someone with a higher profile than Machado or Moustakas. Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90.Statistics obtained from Baseball Reference.

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