Slugger Josh Donaldson agrees to deal with Twins

In one loud move Twins land Josh Donaldson and make their statement

In one loud move Twins land Josh Donaldson and make their statement

The Twins were never seriously reported to be in on Kris Bryant, so by taking Donaldson off the market, they leave plausible Bryant suitors in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington (ish), among other conceivable places.

Josh Donaldson, who was among the top free-agent targets of the Dodgers entering the offseason, reportedly agreed Tuesday to a four-year, $92-million deal with the Minnesota Twins, leaving the Dodgers little choice but to pursue a trade if they are to make any significant upgrades. Donaldson finished fourth in the AL MVP voting in 2013 and 2016 and eighth in 2014.

The former Toronto Blue Jays All-Star and 2015 AL MVP spent previous year with the Atlanta Braves, hitting.259/.379/.521 with 37 home runs and 94 RBIs in 155 games.

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The deal is for four seasons with a fifth-year club option.

The third baseman was an integral part of the Jays back-to-back postseason runs winning the MVP award in 2015 in his first season as a Blue Jay. The third baseman would spend 3.5 seasons north of the border hitting.281/.383/.548 with 116 homers and a 21.6 WAR in 462 games with Toronto. During the 2018 season, Donaldson was limited to 52 games due to shoulder inflammation and more calf issues, and he batted.246 with eight homers and 23 RBIs.

The Twins were one of the best offensive teams in baseball last season, slugging a major league-record 307 home runs.

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Before joining the Braves, Donaldson had spent his career in the American League with the Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians.

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".

Donaldson always seemed like a long-shot considering the Dodgers would have had to move Justin Turner away from the hot corner and because Donaldson seemed intent on getting a four-year deal. He is expected to shift to first base after the Donaldson signing.

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The contract will be the largest the Twins have ever given to an outside free agent and brings the Twins' total payroll to around $135 million for the 2020 season.

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