Josh Donaldson on the move in Major League Baseball free agency


The Nationals, Twins, and Braves have been long rumoured as the final trio of suitors as Donaldson sought out a four-year commitment. ESPN reported Donaldson and the Twins had agreed on a four-year deal. The contract includes a club option for a fifth season that would bring the total value to $100 million. He finished in the top 10 in MVP voting four consecutive years from 2013-16.

Donaldson, 34, was considered the last elite free agent on a market once teeming with stars, and a bounce-back season in which he hit.259 with 37 home runs, 94 runs batted in and a.900 on-base-plus-slugging percentage for the Atlanta Braves drove up the price tag on the veteran third baseman.

Donaldson, the 2015 American League most valuable player and 2019 National League comeback player of the year, battled calf and shoulder injuries in 2017 and 2018, when he was limited to 165 games, before reestablishing himself on a one-year, $23-million contract with the Braves in 2019.

He was traded to Toronto before the 2015 season and won the AL MVP that season after hitting.297 with 41 home runs and 123 RBI.

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The Twins won the AL Central pennant last season with a 101-61 record before getting swept by the New York Yankees in an AL Division Series.

Before joining the Braves, Donaldson had spent his career in the American League with the Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians. He missed significant time in 2018 due to injuries; it was the only season since 2012 in which he played fewer than 100 games.

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.

The Twins made a big impression on Donaldson in their pitch meeting, sources told Passan, and Donaldson's connection with manager Rocco Baldelli was immediate and strong. Sano signed a three-year, $30 million contract on Tuesday. The record belongs to pitcher Kevin Brown, who signed a seven-year, $105 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers when he was 34.