Report: Twins pessimistic about landing Donaldson
Josh Donaldson's free-agency decision is expected next week, and the Minnesota Twins are bracing for bad news. Minnesota, which offered Donaldson a four-year, $100-million contract, isn't optimistic about its chances of landing the former MVP, according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune. Minnesota, which offered Donaldson a four-year, $100-million contract, isn't optimistic about its chances of landing the former MVP, according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune.
Third baseman Josh Donaldson has agreed to a four - year , $ 92 million deal with the Minnesota Twins , sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. The deal includes a fifth-year option that can increase the total value to 0 million. Donaldson , 34, is a three-time All-Star and the 2015 American League
Third baseman Josh Donaldson has agreed to a four - year deal with the Minnesota Twins , a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan. Donaldson , who grew up in Alabama as a Braves fan, earned million on a one-year contract last season that gave him a chance to show that he was healthy and back to
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins and 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson have agreed to a $92 million, four-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the deal had not been announced. The contract includes a club option for a fifth season that would bring the total value to $100 million.
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. He earned $23 million on a one-year deal with the Braves, his lone season in the NL in a decade-long major league career.
Report: Braves, Nats, Twins table Donaldson offers in 4-year, $100M range
Free-agent third baseman Josh Donaldson is going to get paid whenever he decides what team he wants to play for. The Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, and Washington Nationals are offering Donaldson four-year contracts in the $100-million range, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. The Los Angeles Dodgers are also still in the mix, according to Feinsand. Donaldson, 34, is the last remaining star third baseman available via free agency, so there's noThe Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, and Washington Nationals are offering Donaldson four-year contracts in the $100-million range, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Miguel Sano and the Minnesota Twins avoided arbitration by agreeing to a million, three- year contract on Friday, a person New York Yankees fans celebrate as Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano (22) strikes out to end Game 2 of an American League Division Series baseball game
The Minnesota Twins and starting pitcher Michael Pineda agreed Thursday to a two- year , million contract to bring the right-hander back after a suspension for a banned diuretic, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Pineda went 11-5 with a 4 .01 ERA in 146 innings over 26 starts for.
Donaldson, a three-time All-Star who broke in with Oakland as a catcher in 2010, averaged 37 home runs and 100 RBIs over his three full seasons with the Blue Jays from 2015-17. They traded him to the Indians for a minor league player in a rental deal at the deadline on Aug. 31, 2018.
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 offence.
The Twins set a major league record with 307 home runs last season on the way to the division title and were second in baseball with 939 runs behind the New York Yankees, who swept them in the AL Division Series.
Donaldson will give the Twins a sixth 30-home run hitter from last season, one of two with designated hitter Nelson Cruz who've topped the 40-homer mark at some point in their career. Cruz went deep 41 times last season, his fourth such time meeting that milestone.
Twins go commendably off-brand with Donaldson's megadeal
Opportunism propelled the Minnesota Twins to an unexpected division title in 2019. To be sure, the club wouldn't have dethroned the Cleveland Indians without considerable steps forward from several key holdovers, but outsized returns on the relatively low-cost additions of Nelson Cruz, Marwin Gonzalez, Martin Perez, Jonathan Schoop, and C.J. Cron in free agency last winter still factored hugely into the club's transformation, wherein it became a 101-win juggernaut one season after finishing 78-84. It shocked precisely no one, then, that the Twins had seemingly espoused the same approach this offseason.
The club has not confirmed the deal . Donaldson bounced between the Blue Jays and the Indians in 2018 and played only 52 games, but with Atlanta. After a resurgent season with the Braves, Josh Donaldson has agreed to a four - year deal with the Twins , a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.
Phil Hughes probably needed to leave hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium, and the Minnesota Twins were desperate for proven arms to strengthen a woeful rotation. The Twins and Hughes agreed to a million, three- year deal , a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press.
The acquisition of Donaldson will allow the Twins to move third baseman Miguel Sanó across the diamond to the opposite corner. Sanó has a powerful arm and is agile for his size, but the 26-year-old slugger who’s listed at 6-foot-4 and 272 pounds ought to be better suited for the long term at first base.
Sanó was at Target Field on Tuesday to finalize a three-year, $30 million contract and told reporters he was more than willing to switch spots, noting he’s worked out at both positions during the off-season. The Twins created a vacancy at first base by not tendering a contract to C.J. Cron, who hit 25 homers in 125 games in 2019 but was hampered by a thumb injury that required off-season surgery. Cron signed with division rival Detroit.
AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker contributed from New York.
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Josh Donaldson's long-awaited payday may never arrive .
Josh Donaldson had no qualms about betting on himself last winter. Less than a month after the Boston Red Sox bludgeoned their way to a World Series title, Donaldson signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves, resolved to reestablish himself - at the age of 33 - as one of the game's premier players in 2019. He would try his hand at free agency again instead of acquiescing to a multi-year deal at a below-market rate in the wake of an injury-marred, value-depressing 2018 campaign.Ostensibly, his plan worked perfectly. Donaldson, who was the game's best non-Mike Trout player over the five seasons prior to 2018, looked like his old self in Atlanta, posting a .