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Monday, November 26, 2018

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL HOT STOVE SIGNINGS: BRAVES BUY LOW ON FORMER 3B MVP JOSH DONALDSON

                                                                  

Feeling that they are on the cusp of contending for the World Series in 2019, the Atlanta Braves had a very busy day on Monday as they not only reunited with former All-Star catcher Brian McCann on a one-year deal but also brought aboard former MVP third baseman Josh Donaldson for the same terms of length.  While no one will debate how awesome an offensive players Donaldson was during his Oakland A's and early mostly throughout his stay in Toronto with the Blue Jays, the last two seasons have been filled with nothing but serious injuries and sliding numbers as he is now considered to be an "old" 33.  Operating the hot corner with an all-out style has clearly taken a physical toll on Donaldson and that has also taken a major chunk out of his output as well.  Consider that in 2018 Donaldson managed all of 8 home runs and a. 246 average in 219 at-bats as he couldn't stay on the field.  Add in a K/9 rate that shot up to 24.7 last season and isolated power that is also sliding and Donaldson is all of a sudden a very shaky starting fantasy baseball third baseman as we look towards 2019.  Not to be overlooked is the fact that Donaldson will now have to figure out new pitching in moving to the NL after being primarily an AL guy throughout his career and this is no small fact to gloss on by.  When you break it all down, there are a slew of question marks and red flags enveloping Donaldson as we head towards spring training and while his 2019 draft price will likely be as cheap as ever, the headaches that likely will be on the way here make him one to avoid. 


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