Donaldson, Twins agree to four-year deal

Brace for impact Josh Donaldson brings mighty upgrade to Twins’ loaded lineup

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).

Free agent third baseman Josh Donaldson agreed to four-year deal with the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. The contract includes an $8 million club option for 2024. Donaldson finished fourth in the AL MVP voting in 2013 and 2016 and eighth in 2014. Minnesota set an Major League Baseball single-season record with 307 home runs in 2019.

Donaldson spent the first four years of his career with the Athletics and is a career.273 hitter.

The Dodgers have been linked to the Cleveland Indians in trade talks for shortstop Francisco Lindor and the Boston Red Sox in trade talks for right fielder Mookie Betts, the 2018 AL MVP and the 2016 AL MVP runner-up, and veteran left-hander David Price, the 2012 AL Cy Young Award victor. Rendon signed a seven-year, $245-million deal with the Angels in December.

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Donaldson is one of the best hitters in baseball when healthy while having the swagger and on-field presence to back it. Fans will get a chance to see the former Blue Jays favourite a little more now that he will be remaining in the American League for an extended period.

The Twins set a major-league record with 307 home runs last season and won the AL Central.

ESPN's Jeff Passan wrote that the Twins "made a big impression on him in their pitch meeting, and Donaldson's connection with manager Rocco Baldelli was immediate and strong". The Dodgers' only significant moves this winter have been the signings of free-agent reliever Blake Treinen to a one-year, $10-million contract and free-agent left-hander Alex Wood to a one-year, $4-million deal that could reach $10 million with incentives.

Miguel Sano was Minnesota's top third baseman in 2019, but he appeared in only 86 games at the hot corner. He is expected to shift to first base after the Donaldson signing. Cron, who hit 25 homers in 125 games in 2019 but was hampered by a thumb injury that required offseason surgery.

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