Josh Donaldson’s status is still up in the air, but Jon Heyman & Bob Nightengale provided some updates for us.
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
The #Nats continue to go hard after Josh Donaldson, willing to pay $90-plus million for four years.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 16, 2019
It feels like we’ve been beating this drum for a while, but we know Braves Country is anticipating Donaldson’s every move. Washington has made it clear their window is still wide open after losing 2 of their best players over the past 2 seasons. JD prefers Atlanta and plans on giving them a chance to match whatever offer he gets.
While this might feel like a non story, I think the most interesting part is him willing to let Atlanta match. Heyman says he is unsure if he hits $100 million. I don’t see how he doesnt. Nightengale said Washington is offering 4 years in excess of $90 million, so if the Braves are going to re-sign him, you have to think that extra year will be a requirement.
Donaldson could sign at any moment. We will keep you updated with any more developments.