Josh Donaldson appeared in 155 games with the Braves in 2019

Is re-signing Donaldson worth the price?

Baseball teams have dropped $316.6 million on free-agent third basemen this offseason — and Josh Donaldson hasn’t even inked a deal yet.

The bulk of the loot has been spent on two players:  Anthony Rendon ($245 million, Angels) and Mike Moustakas ($64 million, Reds).

The Braves added Donaldson in 2019 on a one-year, $23 million deal. He hit 37 homers and knocked in 94 runs last season, earning Comeback Player of the Year honors with Atlanta.

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The Braves are reportedly among four teams still in the hunt for the 34-year-old Donaldson, with reports now suggest the onetime AL MVP is seeking a four-year, $110 million deal.

The $27.5 million annual asking price would make Donaldson the third-best paid player at the position:
1. Nolan Arenado, Colorado: $35 million
2. Manny Machado, San Diego: $32 million
3. Anthony Rendon, Anaheim: $26.07 million
4. Justin Turner, Los Angeles: $20 million
5. Kyle Seager, Seattle: $19.5 million

On the Braves, Donaldson would be the team’s highest-paid player (before arbitration settlements) in 2020: 
1. Freddie Freeman, 1B: $22 million 
2. Cole Hamels, SP: $18 million 
3. Mark Melancon, RP: $14 million 
4. Will Smith, RP: $13 million 
5. Travis d’Arnaud, C: $8 million

Atlanta has already spent nearly $100 million on seven players

So what should the Braves do?

 

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