‘Missing a home run’ Milwaukee signs Donaldson to major league deal…but will it be enough?
Donaldson joins Milwaukee’s big league team.
The Milwaukee Brewers signed Josh Donaldson to a major league contract on Sept. 12, according to MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball.
Milwaukee recalled Donaldson from Triple-A earlier in the day with a big-league contract and sent infielder Owen Miller to Triple-A with a minor league option.
Donaldson, who was released by the New York Yankees on Aug. 30, signed a minor league contract with Milwaukee two days after his release. After joining Milwaukee’s Triple-A team, the Nashville Sounds, Donaldson hit .176/.364/.529 with two home runs and three RBIs in five Triple-A games.
Despite a 1-for-4 slugging percentage, Milwaukee noted that Donaldson was maintaining his power and on-base percentage (5G 5BB). Milwaukee, whose home run production has plummeted this season, ranks 24th overall with 145 team home runs. Last year, Milwaukee was third overall in team home runs (219).
Donaldson was released by the Yankees in August after a season-long injury-plagued slump. He suffered a hamstring injury shortly after opening day, didn’t return until early June, and was placed on the disabled list again in mid-July with a calf issue. In just 34 big league games with the Yankees, he hit .142/.225/.434 with 10 home runs and 15 RBIs. While his batting average was abysmal, his home run production was outstanding, as 10 of his 15 hits this season were home runs. Milwaukee took notice.
Donaldson, who signed a four-year, $92 million deal with the Minnesota Twins prior to the 2020 season and was traded to the Brewers prior to the 2022 season, is a free agent after this season. There is a $16 million club option for the 2024 season, but given that Donaldson hit just .207/.293/.385 with 25 home runs and 77 RBIs in 165 games in 2022-2023, 온라인바카라 it’s virtually impossible for Milwaukee to exercise it.
Donaldson, born in 1985, will turn 38 in December. This could very well be his last season as an active player. It will be interesting to see what Donaldson can do with a second chance in Milwaukee at the end of the season.
Donaldson made his big league debut with the Oakland Athletics in 2010 and spent 13 years in the majors with the Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Braves, Minnesota, and Yankees. In 1,366 career games, he slashed .262/.359/.491 with 276 home runs, 805 RBIs and 40 doubles, and won the American League MVP in 2015.