Losing Donaldson Makes NL East Wide Open

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
February 14, 2020 - 1:19 pm

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The Atlanta Braves will be without one of their most productive hitters in the 2019 season, Josh Donaldson.

The veteran third-baseman signed a 4-year, $92 million deal with the Minnesota Twins back in January.

In his lone year with the Braves, Donaldson batted .259 with 37 homers and 94 RBIs. 

Bob Nightengale, long time Major League Baseball columnist for USA Today, joined the Midday Show and said the loss of Donaldson makes the division any team's race.

"I think if Donaldson would've come back, (the Braves) would've been the clear cut favorite to win the NL East again," Nightengale said. "I think now it's wide open."

"The beauty of the NL East is that, you know, the top four teams could be separated by five games or so. Obviously the Cole Hamels injury hurts; obviously he'll miss the start of the season, and maybe much more, we'll see. But I think there's no juggernaut in (the NL East)."