Josh Donaldson “A Legitimate Consideration” For Dodgers

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Rumored as in the mix for Josh Donaldson about a week ago by Los Angeles Times writer Jorge Castillo, the Dodgers were further linked to the veteran third baseman today by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The addition of Donaldson could mean big things for the Dodgers, especially after the season he had in 2019 with the Braves. Donaldson clocked in with a .900 OPS over 155 games in 2019 games, assisting the Braves to a National League East Division Title. Alongside his best home-run-hitting season since 2015, Donaldson played some pretty stellar defense at the hot corner. His 15 DRS was the best mark among NL third basemen last season and was second only to Platinum Glove winner Matt Chapman across the league.

Rosenthal writes, “Donaldson, who turns 34 on Dec. 8, would provide right-handed balance for a team heavy in left-handed hitters (Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Max Muncy, Joc Pederson, Alex Verdugo, Gavin Lux).”

Josh Donaldson would almost certainly take the reigns as the Dodgers’ third baseman, moving Justin Turner to either second or first base. If Cody Bellinger’s Gold Glove season in right field didn’t solidify his home outside of the infield, the signing of Donaldson would.

The known Andrew Friedman system of free agency signings, being adamant to keep deals shorter-term, makes Josh Donaldson and the Dodgers seem like a perfect match, given Donaldson’s age. The once AL Most Valuable Player will likely commission no more than a 4-year deal this winter, which seems entirely reasonable for Friedman and the Dodgers’ front office to take a shot towards.