Ex-Yankee Donaldson eyes storybook finish in the goodbye season

Aaron Judge with Josh Donaldson

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Former Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson stated in a recent interview that he would like to play one more season in 2024 before retiring. The former AL MVP is heading into his age-38 season after struggling through an injury-plagued 2023 campaign.

Donaldson only managed a .678 OPS over the past two seasons while being limited to just 50 games this year due to calf issues. However, according to Rotowire’s analysis, his batted-ball metrics remain solid and he still rates as an above-average defensive third baseman when healthy.


The Yankees dropped Donaldson after a miserable season

After starting 2023 with the Yankees and hitting just .168 in 33 games, Donaldson was released and picked up by the Brewers. But he failed to revive his production in Milwaukee, batting only .169 over 17 contests.

Despite his rapid decline recently, his strong track record may still warrant a one-year contract offer from a team next offseason. He has hinted 2024 would be his last ride, though he may need to settle for a minor-league deal.

Over his 13-year career in the major leagues with the A’s, Blue Jays, Indians (Guardians), Braves, Twins, Yankees, and Brewers, Donaldson has compiled a .261 average with 279 home runs across three All-Star appearances. His 2015 AL MVP season saw him lead baseball with 123 RBIs and 41 homers for Toronto.

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