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Twins agree to terms with All-Star 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson

Updated: January 24, 2020 01:25 PM

Sources confirm to KSTP's Darren Wolfson that the Minnesota Twins have signed All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson in free agency.

It is a four-year deal worth a guaranteed $92 million with a fifth-year club option for $16 million. If the 5th year isn't exercised by the Twins, Donaldson would get an $8 million buyout to get to $92 million. If Donaldson hits certain escalators, he could earn over $100 million over 5 years.

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The $23 million/year salary matches what the Atlanta Braves paid him in 2019, according to Baseball Reference.

The Twins were asked to make a final offer recently; they subsequently increased their original offer, which swayed Donaldson, sources said. Wolfson also hears that Donaldson really connected with Twins manager Rocco Baldelli.

The contract will be the largest the Twins have ever given to an outside free agent and brings the Twins' total payroll to around $135 million for the 2020 season.

The 34-year-old veteran is a three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger recipient and was named the AL MVP with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015. He finished in the top 10 in MVP voting four consecutive years from 2013-16.

In 2019 he hit 37 home runs, batted in 94 runs and posted a .259 batting average in 155 games with the Braves. 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 has made postseason appearances in seven of the past eight years.

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