MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins went into this offseason with the hopes of landing impact pitching, but as arm after arm came off the board, Plan A paved way for a new plan A: Impact pitching became impact bats.
Tuesday, the Twins got their man, successful in their search to bolster their already-potent offense.
The Twins landed the top name on the market, third baseman Josh Donaldson, who agreed to a four-year deal with a fifth-year option worth $92 million guaranteed, a source confirmed.
Donaldson is expected to earn $84 million over the first four years of the deal with an option that is reportedly worth $16 million and a buyout of $8 million.
Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Donaldson was seeking $110 million in free agency, and while he fell short of that, he did garner the largest contract that the Twins have ever doled out in free agency, topping the $54 million deal that Ervin Santana signed.
The Braves and Nationals were among other teams that were reported to be in pursuit of the 34-year-old.
Donaldson is a former AL MVP and three-time all-star. Last year, he was the NL Comeback Player of the Year after hitting .259 with a .379 on-base percentage and a .521 slugging percentage.
Donaldson hit 37 home runs and with 94 RBIs last season with the Braves and adds another imposing bat to the Twins’ lineup.
The signing comes on the heels of the Twins announcing a three-year extension for third baseman Miguel Sano earlier in the day, making it likely that Sano will shift over to first base.
The Twins had a vacancy for a corner infielder after non-tendering first baseman C.J. Cron earlier this offseason.
“We’ve made no secret of pursuing different types of players on this market, position players and pitchers,” President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey said last month.
“I guess we’re always looking for players who, again it gets back to making us better and there’s a scale, certainly. We all know that for players who maybe move that needle more than others in some ways.”
Donaldson is one of those players.
While the Twins had been busy making a number of moves this offseason, the Donaldson signing is easily the most impactful.
Earlier this offseason, they brought back starters Jake Odorizzi and Michael Pineda.
They brought in two more starters more recently — Homer Bailey and Rich Hill — to help patch up the rotation, as well as catcher Alex Avila and relievers Sergio Romo and Tyler Clippard.