But then if the option is ultimately declined, it reverts back to a four-year, $92 million deal, and the Twins get hit with an extra $12 million in "salary" for the 2024 season (the amount they "saved" during those four years), even after Donaldson is gone.
After being limited to 52 games by injuries in 2018, Donaldson signed a one-year, $23 million contract with the Braves last offseason.
Although Donaldson followed that with two more seasons of 30-plus home runs, a hip injury in 2016 and a strained right calf in 2017 cut into his production. He was dealt to Cleveland in August 2018 for a player to be named and became a free agent after that season. Donaldson is a three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger Award victor, winning both while with the Blue Jays.More news: Wendy Williams Hit With Major Backlash After Mocking Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Cleft Palate’
Not only does the addition strengthen an already power-happy Twins offense, but it's also a significant blow for an Atlanta team that received outstanding production from Donaldson in 2019.
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.
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.More news: Citizenship Act: Satya Nadella criticises new law, says, ‘It’s just bad’
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.
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.
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Donaldson, who is 34, signed the second-largest contract for a player 33 or older. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com was the first on the story.