Josh Donaldson appeared in 155 games with the Braves in 2019

Who’s in the race to sign Josh Donaldson?

Third baseman Josh Donaldson has until Thursday to accept or reject the Braves’ $17.8 million qualifying offer.

Atlanta has high hopes of re-signing the slugger after a .259/.379/.521 year with 37 homers, 94 RBIs and 96 runs scored, though he hit .212 with six homers in his final 113 at-bats, dating to Aug. 26 and including the postseason. 

The price for Donaldson could be much more than the Braves are willing to part with.

The team added Donaldson last Nov. 26 on a one-year, $23 million deal. The addition helped catapult the Braves to back-to-back NL East crowns.

This time around, the Braves aren’t alone in shopping for the services of the 2015 American League MVP. 

“He’s earned the right to test the market and talk to clubs,” Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos said.

About a half-dozen teams — including two division rivals — have reportedly expressed interest in adding Donaldson. A small sampling of the teams:

TEAM2019 PAYROLL*
Braves$143.9 million
Phillies$160.1 million
Nationals$172.3 million
Rangers$130.8 million

* Figures from sportstrac.om

If the Braves are unable to sign Donaldson, whomever he signs with will be required to sacrifice draft compensation. 

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