Yankees release struggling Donaldson

Yankees release struggling Donaldson

The New York Yankees announced Tuesday that they released veteran infielder Josh Donaldson.

The 37-year-old spent parts of two seasons with the Yankees after being acquired alongside Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Ben Rortvedt in a trade with the Minnesota Twins in March 2022. Gary Sánchez and Gio Urshela were sent the other way.

“I’d like to say thank you to everyone for the love and support over the years,” Donaldson posted on the X platform, formerly known as Twitter. “I’ve had the opportunity to play with some great teammates and organizations. I wish nothing but the best to the New York Yankees.”

Donaldson struggled in New York, posting a .207 batting average, 25 home runs, 77 RBIs, and a .678 OPS over 165 games. He’s been out of action since the middle of July with a right calf strain.

The Yankees have released Josh Donaldson. Word is his calf is fully healed, so it will be interesting to see if a contender takes a gamble on him for the final month of the season.

— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) August 29, 2023

The 13-year veteran is a lifetime .262/.359/.491 hitter with 276 home runs and 805 RBIs across 1,366 games.

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