Baseball scratch pad: Donaldson, McCann consent to contracts with Braves


Discussion of the Cardinals marking free-specialist third baseman Josh Donaldson can end.

Looking to enhance their first division title in five years, the Atlanta Braves concurred Monday to one-year contracts with Donaldson, a previous American Legue MVP, and catcher Brian McCann.

Donaldson consented to a $23 million arrangement that matches what he made amid a forgettable 2018 season, a source disclosed to The Associated Press. This past season, Donaldson was constrained to 52 recreations as a result of shoulder irritation and calf issues, hitting .246 with eight homers and 23 RBIs. He was managed to Cleveland by the Blue Jays on Aug. 31 .

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The momentary arrangement allows Donaldson to demonstrate he’s solid and back to shape, possibly setting up an immense payday in the following free-operator showcase.

The Braves are depending on an arrival to shape from the three-time All-Star, who turns 32 one month from now. It was just three years prior that he caught the MVP grant in his first season with Toronto, hitting 41 homers and driving the AL with 123 RBIs. While he caught up with two more 30 or more homer seasons, wounds in 2016 and 2017 cut into his generation.

His entry furnishes the Braves with another slugger amidst the request to run with Freddie Freeman, particularly critical on the grounds that it’s not known whether the group will make a genuine keep running at bringing back free-operator outfielder Nick Markakis.

The marking of Donaldson brings up issues about the eventual fate of Johan Camargo, 24, who had a breakout season at third base. He hit .272 with 19 homers and 76 RBIs before going 0 for 15 out of a division arrangement misfortune to the Dodgers.

In the interim, McCann gets a $2 million contract, rejoining the group with a catcher who was a seven-time All-Star from 2005-13. McCann, who turns 35 in February, left to sign a $85 million, five-year contract with the Yankees. He later was exchanged to Houston, helping the Astros win their first World Series title in 2017. In any case, he plunged severely this year, hitting .212 with seven homers and 23 RBIs in 63 recreations.

With the Braves, he is relied upon to impart playing time to Tyler Flowers. He replaces Kurt Suzuki, who marked with Washington. (AP)

Previous Cards proceed onward • Two hard-tossing righthanded pitchers assigned for task a week ago by the Cardinals went their diverse ways.

Conner Greene, 23, obtained last offseason from Toronto, was asserted on waivers by Kansas City — which as of late included previous Cardinals director Mike Matheny to its front-office staff.

Derian Gonzalez, likewise 23, went through waivers and was outrighted to Class AAA Memphis, where he completed the 2018 season in that group’s warm up area.

Gonzalez is qualified to be taken in the draft at the winter gatherings in Las Vegas a long time. Be that as it may, that doesn’t appear to be likely since he invested so little energy in Class AAA this past season and would need to be taken in the real association bit of the draft, which means he would need to remain in the majors the entire season. Different groups previously had an opportunity to guarantee him off waivers in the previous couple of days.

Gonzalez was 4-0 with a 2.76 earned-run normal in help at Class AA Springfield before being elevated to Memphis, where he joined Greene. The last had started the season as a starter, going 4-3 at Springfield before changing to the warm up area for 28 appearances at Memphis.

Greene, gained in the Randal Grichuk exchange, strolled 31 of every 39 2/3 innings at Memphis and 63 out of 88 innings for the season, intensifying it by strolling 15 of every 9 2/3 innings in the Arizona Fall League. (Rick Hummel)

Somewhere else • Jim Riggleman, a 66-year-old veteran of 13 seasons as a noteworthy association director, was employed by Mets administrator Mickey Callaway as seat mentor. Riggleman was Cincinnati’s seat mentor from 2016 until the point when he wound up between time administrator for 5½ months last season. He has overseen three other major alliance groups and has been a mentor with the Cards.

• The Twins guaranteed first baseman C.J. Cron off waivers from Tampa Bay to supplant Joe Mauer, who has resigned. Cron hit .253 with 30 homers and 74 RBIs this year for the Rays, who assigned him for task a week ago.

• Pitcher Parker Bridwell was guaranteed off waivers from the Angels by the Yankees, who additionally assigned infielder Ronald Torreyes for task.





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