We are almost 10 days into the new year, and one of the highest-profile free agents is still available in Josh Donaldson.
Multiple teams have expressed interest, the Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, and the World Series champion Washington Nationals, are all in on him. As are the Los Angeles Dodgers, but to what extent?
Last year, the biggest free agents ever to hit the open market had their status drag on into spring training in Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Harper was indeed within a possibility for the Dodgers, and if Donaldson’s availability remains over the next several weeks, expect him to also have a shot at playing in Dodgers Stadium in 2020.
But, is it a smart move?
Well, that depends. It depends on money, years, and if the other opportunities to land marquee names through trades materialize. If Donaldson wears Dodger blue next year, there would most certainly need to be a corresponding move regarding the other infield positions. It would move Justin Turner to first base, therefore pushing Max Muncy to second. Neither is going to be a platoon guy, their bats are too dangerous. So that would put Gavin Lux and his role into question.
It’s a complex domino effect if it happens, whether with Donaldson, or trade for Francisco Lindor or Kris Bryant. Right now, it seems that a four year deal at $100M would land Donaldson.
While it would add a potent bat, 30+ home runs and around 100 RBIs into a lineup already loaded, it might have a bigger impact on the other players around the diamond.
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