June 17, 2021

The Atlanta Braves are Built to Withstand Josh Donaldson’s Departure (Baseball Essential)


Is Josh Donaldson signing with the Minnesota Twins good for the Atlanta Braves. No, but they’re built to withstand his departure.

It’s difficult to replace someone who plays a stellar third base, posted a .900 OPS, and flat-out rakes at the plate. Donaldson was manager Brian Snitker‘s cleanup hitter last season and looked like his elite self, serving as an intimidating middle-of-the-order hitter and rounding out an elite defensive infield which included Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies, and Dansby Swanson.

Donaldson inked a four-year, $92 million deal with the Twins. Based on the recurring reports of him chasing a contract in excess of $100 million and his role in their 97-win season, it’s surprising that the Braves didn’t match or surpass that offer.

On the other hand, they have two viable in-house options to lockdown the hot corner: Johan Camargo and Austin Riley.

Camargo was an everyday player for the Braves in 2018. He started 105 games at third base and was a fixture in their lineup. Hitting .272 while posting an .806 OPS and 115 OPS+ and totaling 19 home runs and 76 RBIs, Camargo was an underrated source of offense in what was his first full season in the big…

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