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Braves' Donaldson deal has upside to be another big win for Anthopoulos

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The deal that brought Josh Donaldson to Toronto this week in 2014 worked out about as well as Alex Anthopoulos could have hoped.

As an opening act, Donaldson led the Blue Jays back to the playoffs with a 41-homer, MVP season. He nearly sustained that level of production with a 7.5-win season in 2016 and a strong if abbreviated 2017. Even though injuries would eventually sideline him for most of 2018, there’s no doubt that the acquisition of Donaldson for Brett Lawrie, Franklin Barreto, Kendall Graveman and Sean Nolin was an overwhelming success.

Four years later, Anthopoulos has acquired Donaldson a second time, this time on a one-year, $23 million contract with the Atlanta Braves, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Once again, the deal has the potential to become a big win for Anthopoulos.

First and foremost, the Braves are getting a player with considerable offensive ability. Donaldson posted an .801 OPS last year, when shoulder and calf injuries limited him to 52 games, but there’s reason to believe he........

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