Dodgers Free Agency Target Josh Donaldson Heavily Pursued by Nationals
The Dodgers have failed to sign a big name and to this point, they have not made any major trades to address needs. Their lone signing this off-season remains right-handed reliever Blake Treinen. Treinen was an excellent signing, but the Dodgers have room for the main course and possibly some dessert with the amount of financial flexibility and prospect capital that they maintain.
According to Jon Heyman, one of the players that the Dodgers have been tied to a ton this off-season, Josh Donaldson, is being heavily pursued by the Washington Nationals.
Nats are in heavy on Donaldson. Braves likely get last call but Washington is aggressive. Nats were still in on Rendon after Strasburg, so they would seem to have the $. JD in great position but question is: Will he hit $100M? Rangers, Dodgers, Phillies, Twins also linked to JD
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 16, 2019
Donaldson had an excellent bounce back 2019 campaign with the Atlanta Braves. He posted a 132 wRC+ and 4.9 WAR en route to the NL Comeback Player of the Year award. He just turned 34 years old but remains one of the league’s premier bats when he is healthy. He should receive a three or four year deal around $20-25 million average annual value.
For reference, he signed a one-year, $23 million deal with the Braves in the 2018 off-season in a ‘prove it’ type deal.
The Dodgers could benefit from Donaldson’s services immensely. He remains a star and could be an excellent consolation prize after missing out on Anthony Rendon to the Angels and possibly missing out on the Francisco Lindor sweepstakes.
Donaldson would be a fit for Los Angeles, but could also be a fit in Washington to replace the departed Rendon.
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