The Braves have yet to make a notable addition to their lineup this winter, which has perpetuated the idea that the club may be holding out until a resolution is reached in the Josh Donaldson sweepstakes. Though a highly productive 2019 season with Atlanta certainly endeared Donaldson to the club and its fan base, it remains to be seen just how committed the Braves will be in securing his services long-term, which has allowed a market to grow beyond what many believed possible for the 34-year-old.
News surfaced on Monday that the Washington Nationals had set their sights firmly on the procurement of Donaldson’s services, and may be willing to offer in excess of $90 million on a four-year deal. That level of commitment may be enough to end the proceedings, but many still speculate that Donaldson would prefer a reunion with Atlanta if the dollar figures match. Whether or not Alex Anthopoulos and the Braves front office deem that price point to be palatable is likely to be revealed in the near future, as the third base market would seem to dictate that a Donaldson signing is forthcoming.
The wait for Braves fans has been excruciating, as the thought of losing a clubhouse leader, a star third baseman, and a dangerous cleanup hitter would be quite the subtraction from a club that won 97 games last season. Will the Braves have to look elsewhere for a power bat?
Shawn delves into ways the Braves can maximize the value of Austin Riley going forward, with the possibilities ranging from an everyday job in Atlanta to a trade for a more established player.
The Brewers add a productive outfielder for two years, $20 million.
The Reds add a veteran arm for two years, $15 million.
The Twins add a veteran reliever with closing experience for one year, $5 million.
Braves get: 3B Nolan Arenado, OF Charlie Blackmon and cash