The Atlanta Braves did not precisely have a want for Josh Donaldson this winter, however after signing him to a one-year, $23 million contract on Monday, the value was definitely proper given his upside as soon as wholesome. They’re now in a very sturdy place to commerce one other hitter or go into 2019 with a deep lineup that has them ready for a number of contingencies.
For $23 million, Atlanta stepped up its quest to repeat in the NL East whereas a former MVP will get a 12 months to re-establish his worth.
Bryce Harper and Manny Machado clearly are at the head of the class, however there are many huge names accessible past the star duo.
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Donaldson was terrible for most of 2018, though it appears doubtless — and is definitely a widespread perception round the sport — that a lot of his decline was due to accidents slightly than a lack of talent. His bat velocity appeared to be intact, though off-speed stuff gave him extra hassle than earlier than, and he was nowhere shut to his regular self on protection. In 2017, a wholesome Donaldson was almost a five-win participant, and naturally he was greater than that in 2015-16 when his protection was additionally at a peak.