Josh Donaldson, 34, is arguably the best player left on the free agent market. The 2015 American League Most Valuable Player Award recipient has four teams on his tail and/or who have been repeatedly linked to him: the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, Minnesota Twins, and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Coming off a bounce-back season where he totaled 37 home runs and 94 RBIs while posting a .900 OPS and playing a stellar third base, Donaldson proved he’s still one of the preeminent third basemen in Major League Baseball. Out of the four teams pursuing his services, which team needs him the most?
The need for a corner infield exists in Minnesota with the organization non-tendering first baseman C.J. Cron. Could Donaldson fill a void with the Twins? Sure, they could move Miguel Sano to first base and further weaponize their depth chart. At the same time, this is an offense that was first in MLB in home runs (307) and total bases (2,832) last season.
The Twins should’ve spent the big bucks on starting pitching. Their continued interest in Donaldson comes off as them spending top dollar for the sake of making headlines. This would be an expensive way to mask a weakness.