Free agent slugger Josh Donaldson didn’t announce his decision on Saturday but there were a few developments in the chase. The Washington Nationals agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with infielder Asdrubal Cabrera Saturday morning. That combined with the signing of Starling Castro on Friday would seem to suggest that Washington is assembling a backup plan in case Donaldson signs elsewhere.
Then Saturday afternoon, a report by Phil Miller of the Minnesota Star Tribune indicated that the Twins have “grown pessimistic” about their chances of landing Donaldson and have begun investigating other options. The Braves, Nationals and Twins were all reported to have given Donaldson four-year offers. With both Washington and Minnesota turning their attention elsewhere, it would seem to suggest that Donaldson’s return to Atlanta could imminent.
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Free agent reliever Craig Stammen is returning to the San Diego Padres on a two-year, $9 million deal which also reportedly includes a team option for 2022 along with multiple performance bonuses. Stammen has been a member of the Padres since 2016 and has made at least 70 appearances in each of the last two seasons.
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