Cubs, Nats talks on Bryant haven’t progressed
Speaking of Donaldson in free agency, Rosenthal mentions that the All-Star third baseman is “mulling four-year offers from the Nationals, Braves and Twins.” Rosenthal further reports that Donaldson is waiting for a team to hit his number, which is believed to be in the range of 0 million. The Cubs are known to be listening to offers on Kris Bryant while the Nationals have an opening at third base due to Anthony Rendon’s departure via free agency. The two make sense as a match, but Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that “those talks have gone nowhere.”
We’re getting close to being completely cleared from the slow period that circles the holiday season, so one would expect the hot stove to actually heat up again after this weekend. Until then, the rumors will be few and far between. Still, we’ll keep the ones we have right here. Keep it parked here and refresh with impunity.
Donaldson, 34, signed a one-year deal with the Braves last offseason, betting on himself. He won the bet. He hit .259/.379/.521 (127 OPS+) with 33 doubles, 37 homers, 94 RBI, 96 runs and 6.1 WAR, re-establishing himself as an upper-echelon third baseman after injuries ruined his 2018 season. Secondly, Josh Donaldson remains on the free agency market and the Nationals are a known suitor.
Donaldson looking at final offers?
Until Donaldson signs and Bryant’s grievance outcome is known, it’s hard to see trade talks of any kind going anywhere of significance.
For now, this makes complete sense for two reasons.
Padres bring back Stammen
The Padres have agreed to bring back reliever Craig Stammen on a multi-year deal, reports Robert Murray. Stammen, 35, had a 3.29 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 73 strikeouts against 13 unintentional walks in 82 innings last season, posting a 0.8 WAR. The 6-foot-4 righty will team with lefty Drew Pomeranz in setting up for All-Star closer Kirby Yates.
Nationals ink Cabrera
The Nationals have agreed to bring back infielder Asdrubal Cabrera on a one-year, .5 million deal, per multiple reports. .