The Milwaukee Brewers have signed third baseman Josh Donaldson to a minor-league contract per Todd Rosiak. Rosters will expand from 26 to 28 players on September 1st and teams will be able to add one position player and one pitcher.
What the move means for the Milwaukee Brewers
The Milwaukee Brewers have been searching for consistency at third base all season. Luis Urías started the year there, Brian Anderson received plenty of playing time there and now 26-year-old rookie Andruw Monasterio is the everyday third baseman. Monasterio has earned his playing time with timely hitting and exceptional defense. While his numbers are not going to blow anyone away, he has done well getting on base and has played a big role in the Milwaukee Brewers’ success after the All-Star break.
Donaldson has not been as good as Monasterio this season, but he could still find himself on the Milwaukee Brewers 28-man roster in September. He is a veteran and has a career batting average of .266 along with 276 home runs. Donaldson’s role for the Brewers would likely be as a DH or a pinch hitter. Brian Anderson has seen his playing time reduced significantly since the Brewers opted to make Monasterio the everyday third baseman.
In just 33 games with the New York Yankees this season Donaldson is slashing .132/.245/.434. He has ten home runs and the Brewers are hoping he can turn things around and help contribute to a postseason run. Donaldson will report to Triple-A Nashville.
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