The Josh Donaldson sweepstakes are heating up as we enter the weekend. On Friday, it was reported that the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, and Minnesota Twins all have four-year, $100 million offers on the table for the 34-year-old slugger. And while we always knew that Donaldson was most interested in that fourth year, it was never quite clear what his ideal number was in terms of total value.
Well, that mystery has reportedly been solved. Per insider Ken Rosenthal, the former AL MVP is pursuing a guaranteed sum in the $110 million range over those four years.
The free agent pool is dwindling with each passing week, and it goes without saying that Donaldson is the best of the bunch that remains in terms of position players. Therefore, he has all of the bargaining chips at his disposal, and is perfectly positioned to just wait these offers out until he is thoroughly satisfied.
Of course, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper took a similar approach last offseason. Both superstars didn't sign until February.
Whether that reported $110 million figure deter any of the Braves, Nationals, or Twins remains to be seen, but the Bringer of Rain has set his value, and will surely have the privilege of choosing the fattest offer of the bunch.
All we can do now is wait.