Donaldson, Twins agree to four-year deal

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

The Twins were asked to make a final offer recently; they subsequently increased their original offer, which swayed Donaldson, sources said.

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.

It will pay him $84 million over the first four years and includes a $16 million club option with an $8 million buyout.

But Donaldson's deal with the Twins, which reportedly includes a fifth-year option that could push the total value to $100 million, means the Dodgers were shut out of the high-end free-agent market again.

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.

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After being limited to 52 games by injuries in 2018, Donaldson signed a one-year, $23 million contract with the Braves last offseason. Donaldson is a three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger Award victor, winning both while with the Blue Jays. 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. 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.

Donaldson will give the Twins a sixth 30-home run hitter from last season, and a second player, with designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who has topped the 40-homer mark at some point in his career.

The Twins set the Major League Baseball record for most home runs in a season in 2019 and have just added even more thump to the lineup to strengthen their club further.

Since Freidman took over in October 2014, the Dodgers have not given a free agent from another team a contract worth more than the $55 million they guaranteed outfielder A.J. Pollock before 2019. 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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