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Braves sign 3B Donaldson to one-year, $23M deal

Updated: 27-11-2018 07:24 IST

The Atlanta Braves on Monday night confirmed reports from earlier in the day, announcing the signing of third baseman Josh Donaldson to a one-year, $23 million contract.

A three-time All-Star and the 2015 American League MVP, Donaldson missed 110 regular-season games in 2018 because of a calf injury and hit .246 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs. Injuries have cost Donaldson 159 regular-season games the last two seasons.

Donaldson, who turns 33 on Dec. 8, finished the 2018 season with the Cleveland Indians, who acquired him from the Toronto Blue Jays despite the calf injury.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies were among teams showing interest in Donaldson.

Donaldson is a career .275 hitter with 182 home runs since breaking into the league with the Oakland Athletics in 2010.

The Braves, the surprise winners of the NL East this season at 90-72, should sport one of baseball's top infields with Freddie Freeman at first, Ozzie Albies at second, Dansby Swanson at short and Donaldson at third.

To make room for Donaldson on the 40-man roster, the Braves designated left-handed pitcher Adam McCreery for assignment.

--Field Level Media

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