Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson should be considered by the Colorado Rockies
The 2015 American League MVP Josh Donaldson is entering his third season with the Minnesota Twins and, if healthy, he could be a big power bat for the Colorado Rockies. Donaldson, 36, had seen his fair share of injuries (almost always calf injuries) but, surprisingly, he has been healthier in the last three seasons. Out of 384 possible games to play in the last three seasons, he has played in 318 of those games, or 83 percent. In the previous two seasons, he only averaged 83 games played, or 51 percent of the schedule.
In 2021, he played in 135 games and he hit .247/.352/.475 with an OPS+ of 127 along with 26 homers and 72 RBI. Defensively, he was slightly above league average as he had 1 Defensive Run Saved (DRS).
He only played in 28 games in 2020 due to injury but for Atlanta in 2019, he garnered some NL MVP votes as he helped get them to the postseason. He played in 155 games and he hit 37 homers and had 94 RBI with a .259/.379/.521 slash line and an OPS+ of 126.
He’s entering the third year of a four-year deal with Minnesota. He is owed a base salary of $21.75 million for each of the next two seasons with incentives in each season that would combine to be just over $1 million more. For 2024, there is a team option for $16 million and a $8 million buyout.
The Twins will want to get out from some of that if they trade him but as long as they cover some of it, the Rockies should consider Donaldson for third base since they need a power bat and an infielder.