Josh Donaldson's Top 5 Potential Landing Spots in MLB Free Agency

jordan-cohn
December 27, 2019 - 10:47 am
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Of the three premier third basemen up for grabs in the free agent market this year, only one remains. Mike Moustakas was one of the first names off the board, signing in Cincinnati in the beginning of December. Anthony Rendon then found a new long-term home alongside Mike Trout in sunny Los Angeles, reeling in a cool $245 million.

Now, it’s a former MVP’s turn to find a new (or familiar) home.

Though Josh Donaldson is on the wrong side of 30 -- and the wrong side of 33, as well -- there still seems to be plenty left in the tank for one of the league’s most fearsome righties over the past decade. The Braves took a gamble on the veteran in last year’s free agency, nabbing him for one year after an injury-plagued 2018, and it paid off in a big way. Donaldson hit 37 home runs, just a few RBI and runs shy of posting 100 of each. His .900 OPS was second on a team loaded with offensive talent, trailing only Freddie Freeman.

The Braves would obviously like to bring their third baseman and lineup anchor back if possible, and they’ll definitely be a contender in the race. However, another team tops Atlanta as the most likely candidate to land Donaldson: