Donaldson, Twins agree to four-year deal

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 Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported the terms are four years and $92 million, and the deal includes a fifth-year option that can increase the total value to $100 million. Donaldson is a three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger Award victor, winning both while with the Blue Jays.

He was a National League Gold Glove Award finalist at third base and fit into a powerful middle-of-the-lineup trio with Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna Jr. that combined for 116 home runs and helped propel the Braves to their second straight National League East title. Donaldson has been an offensive powerhouse outside of an injury-riddled 2018 season, hitting 33 or more home runs in three of the past four seasons. Rendon signed a seven-year, $245-million deal with the Angels in December.

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.

Both the Atlanta Braves, for whom Donaldson played last year, and Washington Nationals were finalists for the 34-year-old third baseman.

So 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.

Donaldson adds another power bat to the Twins, who set a major league record with 307 home runs last season, one more than the New York Yankees, who swept Minnesota in three games in an American League Division series. Riley's not far removed from a run as a standout prospect, and he began his major league career well last season. Cruz went deep 41 times last season, his fourth such time reaching that milestone. Wolfson also hears that Donaldson really connected with Twins manager Rocco Baldelli. He is expected to shift to first base after the Donaldson signing.

The acquisition of Donaldson will send a ripple effect around the Twins infield, who lost a pair of starters in C.J.

It's a big splash for a team already carrying an edge over its division rivals, and one that could damage the organizations that missed out on the prolific slugger.

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