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Braves sign Josh Donaldson to a one-year $23 million deal


Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves have signed third baseman Josh Donaldson to a one-year, $23 million deal. That, combined with the Braves bringing Brian McCann home, makes for a pretty big day for Atlanta.

It makes some a good degree of sense for Donaldson to do a one-year deal. He was poised to sign a mega-deal this winter before injury cost him two-thirds of the 2018 season. As such, signing for one season, returning to previous MVP form and then cashing in next winter makes some degree of sense. Especially when it makes him one of the higher paid players in the game, at least for 2019. Note: that $23 million salary matches what he earned last season in his final year of arbitration, which at the time was a record for an arbitration-eligible player.

There’s some risk here for Donaldson, of course. If he doesn’t return to form he’s got his $23 million — this is not some super risky make-good kind of deal — but he would have another year on him and two years of injured and/or subpar play, which could hurt his market next year. He obviously believes in himself, however, and clearly the Braves do too.

He’ll no doubt be the Braves’ starting third baseman in 2019, which creates a bit of an infield logjam in Atlanta. Johan Camargo had an excellent year at the hot corner in 2018, hitting .272/.349/.457. He can play shortstop and second base too, though, which could mean that he becomes something of a super-utility guy, spelling Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies at second, in addition to backing up Donaldson. That may take some plate appearances away from him and/or Swanson, but it gives the Braves some excellent depth.

Orioles set new MLB record with 259th home run allowed

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Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.


A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.

The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.

David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.

The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.