The LA Angels Should Risk it for Josh Donaldson

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 14: American League All-Star Mike Trout
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 14: American League All-Star Mike Trout /

It has been awhile since the LA Angels have shown signs of being an above-average team. The same can be said for Josh Donaldson as a player, as he has struggled since the calendar turned to 2018. However, both parties may be able to end the draughts for each other.

This season has been tough for the LA Angels. They started off hot, going 13-2 to start the season. Since then, they are 28-39 and are fourth in the American League West standings. They have been decimated by injuries, and it looks like their season has been wasted.

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This season has been tough for Josh Donaldson. He started off hot, hitting .276 through Blue Jays’ first eight games. Since then, he hit .222 with 37 strikeouts in 28 games. Then, he landed on the disabled list with an injured shoulder and calf. He recently suffered a setback to his calf, straining it while taking ground balls. This makes him unlikely to be dealt by the trade deadline this year.

Instead, the 2015 AL MVP will be hitting the free agency market this offseason. It is unlikely Donaldson, 32, signs for numbers similar to young studs Manny Machado  and Bryce Harper. It is far more likely Donaldson signs a two or three-year deal with a team.

Donaldson is obviously past his prime. However, in 113 games in 2017, he hit .270 with a .385 on-base percentage while slugging 33 home runs and 21 doubles. He is not the best defender, but he can hold his own at third base.

While the Angels brought in Zack Cozart this offseason to play third, it is obvious his stellar 2017 season was a flash in the pan, as he has regressed back to the mean, and then some. If the Halos want to contend in 2019, they need an upgrade to third base, and Donaldson could be the guy.

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Due to his injuries and age, they may be able to even get him below his market value. His consistent injuries and decline over the past few years are real concerns, but they also can go hand-in-hand. If Donaldson can prove he is healthy come this offseason, the Angels should definitely make an offer to the former MVP.