The deal reportedly will pay Donaldson $84 million over four years and includes a $16 million club option for a fifth year, with an $8 million buyout.
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.
The Twins went 101-61 last season to win the division but were swept out of the playoffs by the Yankees. Donaldson finished fourth in the AL MVP voting in 2013 and 2016 and eighth in 2014.
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Donaldson, 34, won the National League Comeback Player of the Year award while playing for the Atlanta Braves last season on a one-year, $23 million contract. During the 2018 season, Donaldson was limited to 52 games due to shoulder inflammation and more calf issues, and he batted.246 with eight homers and 23 RBIs.
MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported there is $92 million guaranteed over the four years.
Last season with the Braves Donaldson was plus-15, second best at his position in the Major League Baseball. It's the largest free agent deal the Twins have ever signed. When it becomes official, the Twins will have landed one of the most impactful offensive players on the free-agent market this winter. Essentially, Donaldson will be a major upgrade from C.J. Cron, who played first for the Twins last season. The really hope after that was that Donaldson would certainly handle that duty once more in 2020, yet the two-time ruling NL East champs' schedule unexpectedly looks much weak since he's gone.