Last night, Josh Donaldson decided to sign with the Minnesota Twins on a guaranteed four-year deal worth $92 million (including buyout). As a result, he will not return to the Atlanta Braves, who now currently have Johan Camargo at the top of the depth chart at third base.
The Nolan Arenado trade rumors have been, outside of the Astros/Red Sox sign stealing news, the biggest news item of the past week to 10 days and every day, there seems to be new developments.
The newest development is the Donaldson news. With he and Todd Frazier signing with the Texas Rangers this week, it has left the free agent market nearly barren for third basemen.
According to MLBTR’s Free Agent Tracker, the only free agents who are third basemen left on the market (in alphabetical order) are Matt Duffy, Logan Forsythe, Brock Holt, Jung-ho Kang, Brad Miller, Martin Prado (who is likely retiring), Sean Rodriguez, Pablo Sandoval, Yangervis Solarte, and Neil Walker. Only three of them posted a bWAR of 1.0 or above (Holt, Miller, and Sandoval) and third base isn’t even the primary position for most of the people on the list, including Holt and Miller. In other words, there isn’t much.
That means that many teams will be looking for a third baseman on the trade market, like the Atlanta Braves.