Published: Thu, January 16, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Twins to sign free agent Josh Donaldson to four-year contract

Twins to sign free agent Josh Donaldson to four-year contract

But then if the option is ultimately declined, it reverts back to a four-year, $92 million deal, and the Twins get hit with an extra $12 million in "salary" for the 2024 season (the amount they "saved" during those four years), even after Donaldson is gone.

The 34-year-old third baseman returned after an injury-spoiled 2018 split between Toronto and Cleveland to bat.259 with 37 homers, 94 RBIs and a.900 OPS for Atlanta last year.

After being limited to 52 games by injuries in 2018, Donaldson signed a one-year, $23 million contract with the Braves last offseason.

In nine big-league seasons, Donaldson has slashed.273/.369/.509 with 219 home runs and 645 RBI in 1,038 games. They traded him to the Indians for a minor league player in a rental deal at the deadline on August 31, 2018.

The slugging third baseman won his MVP award in 2015 after hitting 41 homers and leading the majors with 122 runs and topping the AL with 123 RBIs in his first year with the Toronto Blue Jays after arriving from the Oakland Athletics in a blockbuster 2014 trade.

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The Twins went 101-61 last season to win the division but were swept out of the playoffs by the Yankees.

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".

Miguel Sano was Minnesota's top third baseman in 2019, but he appeared in only 86 games at the hot corner. The Twins created a vacancy at first base by not tendering a contract to C.J.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. 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.

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