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.
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:
* 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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