2020 MLB Preview: 5 Potential Bounce-Back Candidates

Tim Kelly
February 17, 2020 - 2:05 pm

A season ago, the Atlanta Braves took a major risk by signing former American League MVP Josh Donaldson to a one-year, prove-it deal after he was limited to just 52 total games in a 2018 season that he split with the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians.

The $23 million gamble proved to be a fruitful one for both the Braves and Donaldson. In what ended up being his lone season in Atlanta, Donaldson hit 37 home runs, drove in 94 runs and posted a .900 OPS for a Braves team that won 97 regular season games.

Donaldson's bounce-back season earned him a four-year/$92 million free-agent deal with the Minnesota Twins this offseason. The Braves, in addition to having gotten elite production from Donaldson for a season, collected draft compensation after Donaldson declined their qualifying offer.

It's perhaps unfair to expect anyone to rebound in the fashion that Donaldson did last year. With that said, here are five potential bounce-back candidates for the 2020 MLB season:

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