Atlanta Braves News
SB Nation’s Grant Brisbee writes that a lot of teams in the major league baseball want to be where the Braves are at right now but they may have a difficult time getting there.
The Braves held their introductory press conference for Donaldson on Tuesday and he discussed the opportunity to sign with Atlanta.
“Coming into the offseason, I knew there was a possibility of Alex and I linking back up and being part of the Braves,” Donaldson said. “He made it very clear early on this is what he envisioned, and he was going to do his very best to do that. Here we are today. I’m very thrilled.”
MLB.com’s Will Leitch lists seven takeaways from Donaldson’s deal with the Braves. The most important however is that Atlanta is making its move and the rebuild phase is now officially over.
The signing of Josh Donaldson by the Atlanta Braves has been met with a positive reaction with many referring to the one-year, $23 million deal as a “bargain.”
More media reaction to the Donaldson acquisition. Beyond the Box Score calls the deal “a win for both sides” which gives Donaldson the opportunity to reestablish his value while it is a low risk/high reward scenario for Atlanta.
What should we expect from Donaldson and Brian McCann in 2019? We make our best attempt at projecting their 2019 seasons.
ESPN.com’s Keith Law gives his take on the Donaldson deal for Atlanta.
The addition of Donaldson may displace Johan Camargo as the team’s everyday third baseman but he will still be an important piece for the Braves in 2019. Camargo’s versatility is his best asset and he figures to slide into a super utility role and see at bats while playing a multitude of positions.
FanGraphs’ Rian Watt on Brian McCann’s decision to return home for Atlanta.
Charlie Culberson is giving up his No. 16 jersey to the newly acquired Brian McCann according to the AJC’s Gabe Burns.
Perhaps the biggest news to come out of Tuesday was that the San Francisco Giants are willing to listen on trade offers for Madison Bumgarner. The Giants appear to be entering a retooling phase and a Bumgarner deal could jumpstart the process.
The Giants may listen to offers for Bumgarner but FanGraphs’ Jeff Sullivan writes that the return may be limited.
The Detroit Tigers signed left-handed starter Matt Moore to a one-year deal that will guarantee him between $2.5 - 3 million depending on incentives. Moore struggled in 2018 but will be looking to rebuild some of his value on a short deal with Detroit.
The Texas Rangers are bringing back right-hander Jesse Chavez with a two-year deal. Chavez spent last season with the Rangers and the Cubs and put up a 2.55 ERA in 95 1/3 innings.
The Philadelphia Phillies met with free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin and the left-hander is said to be high on their wish list for the offseason.
ESPN.com’s Buster Olney on why there is a robust market for Sonny Grey despite his struggles with the Yankees.
The Seattle Mariners are shopping Robinson Cano and the $120 million remaining on his contract. They recently held talks with the Yankees and the Mets but no deal appears to be close at this time.
Pirates right-hander Chris Archer has undergone a procedure to repair a bilateral hernia. He is expected to need about six weeks to recover but he should be ready to go by spring training.