Twins agree to terms with All-Star 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson

Ross Houston
January 15, 2020

The Nationals, Twins, and Braves have been long rumoured as the final trio of suitors as Donaldson sought out a four-year commitment.

Donaldson, of course, played for the Braves last year on a one-year, $23 million deal.

If it had been a player option, the way it works is that the deal is treated as five years and $100 million (since the player is guaranteed that amount if he wants it) for the four years of the deal ($20 million AAV). He hit.297 with 41 doubles to help the Blue Jays reach the playoffs for the first time since they won consecutive World Series in 1992 and '93. Minnesota set an Major League Baseball single-season record with 307 home runs in 2019.

Donaldson has made postseason appearances in seven of the past eight years. He was dealt to the Cleveland Indians on August 31 and played 16 games, enough to persuade the Braves that he was fully recovered from his health issues.

The 34-year-old veteran is a three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger recipient and was named the AL MVP with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015.

So after striking out on the top-tier starting pitchers on the market, settling for bargain-rate deals with Homer Bailey and Rich Hill, the AL Central champion Twins decided instead to double down on their offense. Wolfson also hears that Donaldson really connected with Twins manager Rocco Baldelli.

If the Dodgers did have any real hopes of signing Donaldson or any free agent third baseman, they will now be forced to pivot to the trade market where Nolan Arenado and Kris Bryant both loom large.

Washington already lost arguably the best third baseman in baseball when Anthony Rendon went to the Los Angeles Angels, and the Braves are now without the guy who started opening day at the hot corner. Sano signed a three-year, $30 million contract on Tuesday.

The acquisition of Donaldson will send a ripple effect around the Twins infield, who lost a pair of starters in C.J.

MLB Network first reported Donaldson's agreement with Minnesota.

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