Major League Baseball free agency rumors: Brian McCann back with Braves

The salary matches what the third baseman made during a forgettable 2018 season.

By spending only $2 million to address their vacant catching spot, the Braves will be able to aim even higher at other positions (like adding Josh Donaldson for $23 million) as they attempt to build off last year's division title run.

"This is as special a day for me as any I've had in my career", McCann said during a hastily called news conference at SunTrust Park.

If healthy, Donaldson will give an already imposing Braves lineup a massive boost - to say nothing of top-shelf defense at the hot corner.

Donaldson, hampered by shoulder inflammation and calf issues, played just 36 games for Toronto in 2018 and was traded to the Cleveland Indians on August 31. That he's such a known and familiar quantity in Atlanta makes him an easier choice for the Braves too.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos attended the news conference for McCann but did not comment on the signing of Donaldson.

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Long-time Atlanta Braves catcher, Brian McCann, is back after a few stops for other Major League Baseball teams.

The Braves now have an outstanding infield, with Freddie Freeman at first base, Ozzie Albies at second, Dansby Swanson at short and Donaldson at third with Johan Camargo as the utility backup. He did hit 33 home runs in just 113 games in 2017.

Or, if there's an opening in the outfield, Camargo get a shot in play alongside NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr. and Gold Glover Ender Inciarte.

The Donaldson era ended abruptly and the goal of him coming to town to help this team win a World Series never came to be.

With Kurt Suzuki now gone, McCann hopes to bring a spark and some veteran knowledge to the team.

He was with the Braves until 2013, when he departed to play with the Yankees.

  • Lawrence Cooper