Well, it finally happened. Josh Donaldson has signed with the Minnesota Twins, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.
BREAKING: Per source, 3B Josh Donaldson has agreed to a four-year deal with the Minnesota Twins.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 15, 2020
The deal is for 4 years and $92 million, and Donaldson will play third base for the Twins. We assume that by signing Donaldson, this means the Twins will be moving Miguel Sano to first base. According to the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, this is the second largest deal offered to a player over the age of 33 in league history.
Donaldson is 34. His deal with #MNTwins is second-largest for a player 33 or older. Only one larger: Kevin Brown’s 7-year, $105M deal with the #Dodgers from 1998.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 15, 2020
Donaldson has been the top remaining free-agent on the market for awhile, and was reportedly weighing multiple $100 million dollar deals. It seems his market was a bit less. Donaldson’s deal has an average annual value of $23 million, because of course its $23 million. Move over Joe Mauer.
As usual, here at Twinkie Town we will have lots more analysis of this move to come, but in the meantime, welcome to Minnesota, Josh!