The horrible Josh Donaldson Yankees run is finally over.
The 37-year-old Donaldson struggled during his two years in the Bronx and hit just .142 in 34 games of the injury-plagued 2023 season. He missed time due to a hamstring ailment early in the season and had not participated in a game since sustaining a calf strain on July 15 in Colorado. Donaldson, a three-time All-Star and 2015 AL MVP with the Toronto Blue Jays, led the league that year with 122 runs scored and 123 RBI and assisted in leading the Jays to the ALCS.
Before being sent to the Yankees in March 2022, he had successful seasons with Atlanta and Minnesota. Even if manager Aaron Boone had maintained to leave the door open for that to happen, it was difficult to imagine the Yankees favoring the younger players over the veteran now that their hopes of making the playoffs are all but gone.
From Hope to Frustration
After being acquired from the Twins in a disastrous trade, Donaldson spent portions of two seasons with the Yankees, batting just .207 with a .678 OPS and 180 strikeouts in 666 plate appearances.
Donaldson, a frequent focus of Yankees fans’ wrath, concluded this season with 10 home runs on his 15 hits.
At the Yankees’ player development facility in Tampa, Donaldson and Anthony Rizzo recently participated in live batting practice against recovering right-hander Luis Gil. He was at Tropicana Field the day prior with the Yankees, taking early hitting practice and spending a lot of time on the field prior to the game.
His 2023 salary is $21.75 million, and the Yankees are obligated to pay a $8 million buyout on his 2024 club option. Donaldson would be qualified to represent that team in the postseason if he were to sign with another organization before August 31. In 165 games over the course of two seasons with the Yankees, Donaldson hit.207/.293/.385 with 25 home runs and 77 RBI.
Source: New York Post