Josh Donaldson Will Sign With Washington Nationals
Josh Donaldson will sign with the Washington Nationals, it appears.
The Texas Rangers were in the hunt for both Anthony Rendon and Donaldson.
Unfortunately it is beginning to look like they will end up with neither.
Rendon signed with the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. On Thursday, the teams that lost out on him like the Rangers began looking harder at Donaldson.
Sadly, according to Levi Weaver of The Athletic, Donaldson’s price is outside the Rangers’ comfort zone.
Sources indicate that the price on Josh Donaldson has exceeded the Rangers’ comfort level, and they are likely out.
So ignore the first option I listed here, I guess https://t.co/lEXNujroVm
— Levi Weaver (@ThreeTwoEephus) December 12, 2019
“Sources indicate that the price on Josh Donaldson has exceeded the Rangers’ comfort level, and they are likely out,” Weaver tweeted out.
So if not Texas, then who?
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Washington is making a serious bid for the 34-year-old.
The #Nats remain very aggressive on Josh Donaldson
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 12, 2019
“The #Nats remain very aggressive on Josh Donaldson,” he tweeted out.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies are also interested in bringing Donaldson in, but the smart money is on Washington figuring out a way to put something together.
The Nationals have a major hole in their lineup that needs filling now.
Last year Donaldson signed a $23 million dollar one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves. His goal was to rebuild his value after a poor 2018 campaign – and that is precisely what he did.
Donaldson finished this past season off with a .900 OPS and 34 home runs. He was a major reason why Atlanta looked as good as it did.
If Donaldson does ultimately sign with the Nationals, look for it to be a deal in the four-year range.