Given that some of you are dealing with some Josh Donaldson free agency fatigue, I will start today’s roundup with Ronald Acuña Jr. instead. Acuña became just the second player 21 years or younger to have a 30-30 season in 2019 and flirted with 40-40 in his first full season in the big leagues. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman examines what we might expect from Acuña in 2020. As you might expect, the sky’s the limit.
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There wasn’t much news on the Donaldson front on Friday although the Nationals did sign an infielder that could potentially give them a “plan B” at third base if needed. More on that below. Per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Donaldson has four-year offers from the Nationals, Braves and Twins and is waiting on one of the clubs to reach his number which is said to be in the $110 million range.
Rosenthal adds that there is no viable alternative to Donaldson remaining on the free-agent market and that he is in position to wait for the deal that he wants. So we may be waiting a while longer.
ESPN’s Buster Olney named his Top 10 relief pitchers on Friday with Atlanta’s Will Smith coming in at No. 10.
The Washington Nationals agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with infielder Starlin Castro. The Nationals are reportedly planning to use Castro at second base but would provide them an option at third if they fall short in the pursuit of Josh Donaldson.
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Cuban prospect Oscar Colas has left the island and plans to sign with a major league team according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. Colas is a 21-year old outfielder/pitcher that spent the last three seasons in Japan playing in the minor leagues for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.
Finally, the New York Post reported Friday that the fractured ankle that Yoenis Cespedes suffered at his ranch was due to an accident with a wild boar. Cespedes had his salary for the upcoming season significantly reduced due to the incident.