The Josh Donaldson saga continues to drag out into January with no end in sight. With more than a month before Spring Training will start, Donaldson seems to be in no rush to make his decision.
Since the offseason kicked off, Josh Donaldson was the desired man, and not just by the Atlanta Braves either. The Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Angels, Washington Nationals, and Minnesota Twins just to name a few. Then Anthony Rendon signed his mega-deal with the Angels, the premium for Donaldson’s services made another leap. Now, with Minnesota, Washington, and Atlanta seemingly the only remaining bidders, Donaldson still does not lack for choices.
However, Donaldson’s options may be shrinking as time goes on. In a report from MLB Trade Rumors, Jesse Dougherty, of the Washington Post, reported that the Nationals “have all but moved on from Donaldson.” While other reports suggest that to not be true and the Nationals offer is still available. There does seem to be some merit to the report of the Nationals being out on Donaldson with a slew of infielders already on the roster, the most recent signing being Asdrubal Cabrera.
There have also been questions asked about the Minnesota Twins offer to Donaldson, too. Darren Wolfson, of 1500 SKOR North Radio, is suggesting the Twins offer is a lot less than the reported 100 million Donaldson is seeking. Wolfson suggests that the Twins offer is closer to 80-85 million rather than the nine-figure number being tossed around. With that said, the Twins still seem to be in on Donaldson.
Mark Bowman, of MLB.com, is on the record stating that he feels the Atlanta Braves aren’t the highest bidder among the teams vying for Donaldson’s services. Others have reported that the Braves are willing to go as high as 110 million dollars for Donaldson. As of now, a lot is unknown surrounding Josh Donaldson and what is being offered.
The Atlanta Braves are still hoping to be the winner of the Josh Donaldson sweepstakes. However, with so much time left before the season starts, there is no rush to get a deal done. The Braves, and Twins and Nationals, do not need to rush to a bad deal with an aging third basemen. For now, the wait continues.