Donaldson signed a one-year, $23 million contract with the Atlanta Braves on November 26, 2018. In 2019, Donaldson batted.259/.379/.521 with 37 home runs and 94 RBIs.
He made contact with the fewest pitches in the strike zone (76.6 percent) of any NL batter. In 2019, he led the National League in Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) with 15. He was named the 2019 National League Comeback Player of the Year.
Donaldson agreed to terms with the Minnesota Twins on a four-year, $92 million contract on January 22, 2020.
Donaldson was limited to 28 games in his first season with the Twins due to injuries during the shorter 60-game season. He batted.222 with six home runs and eleven RBIs.
Donaldson changed his number from 24, which he had used in his first year in Minnesota, to his usual 20, which had been vacated by the recently departed Eddie Rosario, on January 31, 2021.
Donaldson scored the 2,000,000th run in MLB history on May 29, 2021, when he scored on Nelson Cruz’s ground-rule double off Kansas City Royals pitcher Ervin Santana.
Is Josh Donaldson Still Playing Baseball?
Yes. Donaldson is still playing baseball. The Twins transferred Donaldson to the New York Yankees on March 13, 2022, in exchange for Gary Sánchez and Gio Urshela.
After Donaldson referred to Tim Anderson as “Jackie” in an interview from earlier this year, the MLB punished him with a one-game suspension on May 23 for his “disrespectful” and “poor judgement” comments.