Donaldson, Twins agree to four-year deal

Carrie Guzman
January 16, 2020

ESPN reported Donaldson and the Twins had agreed on a four-year deal.

Donaldson, 34, was considered the last elite free agent on a market once teeming with stars, and a bounce-back season in which he hit.259 with 37 home runs, 94 runs batted in and a.900 on-base-plus-slugging percentage for the Atlanta Braves drove up the price tag on the veteran third baseman.

In nine big-league seasons, Donaldson has slashed.273/.369/.509 with 219 home runs and 645 RBI in 1,038 games. He appeared in just 52 games in an injury-plagued 2018, when he played for Toronto and the Cleveland Indians.

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).

The three-time All-Star was the American League MVP with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015, when he hit a career-best 41 home runs, led the AL with 123 RBIs and topped the majors with 122 runs scored.

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Donaldson's 2018 season was marred by injury, and he was traded to Cleveland at the deadline.

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.

This is a major move for the Twins. The Twins created a vacancy at first base by not tendering a contract to C.J.

According to Feinsand, the former Blue Jays third baseman will collect $92 million through the term of the deal with an average annual salary of $23 million dollars. Cron signed with division-rival Detroit.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group.

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