The former Toronto Blue Jays All-Star and 2015 AL MVP spent past year with the Atlanta Braves, hitting.259/.379/.521 with 37 home runs and 94 RBIs in 155 games.
But Donaldson's deal with the Twins, which reportedly includes a fifth-year option that could push the total value to $100 million, means the Dodgers were shut out of the high-end free-agent market again.
The third baseman was an integral part of the Jays back-to-back postseason runs winning the MVP award in 2015 in his first season as a Blue Jay. He earned $23 million on a one-year deal with the Braves, his lone season in the NL in a decade-long major league career. Minnesota set an Major League Baseball single-season record with 307 home runs in 2019.
ESPN's Jeff Passan wrote that the Twins "made a big impression on him in their pitch meeting, and Donaldson's connection with manager Rocco Baldelli was immediate and strong". Donaldson joining Minnesota could make the apparent gap between the Indians and Twins even wider.
Donaldson is a career.273 hitter with 219 home runs, a.509 slugging percentage and 645 RBIs in 1,038 games with the Oakland A's, Toronto, Cleveland and Atlanta.
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.
Washington already lost arguably the best third baseman in baseball when Anthony Rendon went to the Los Angeles Angels, and the Braves are now without the guy who started opening day at the hot corner.
Sano was at Target Field on Tuesday to finalize a three-year, $30 million contract and told reporters he was more than willing to switch spots, noting he has worked out at both positions during the offseason. Cron, who hit 25 homers in 125 games in 2019 but was hampered by a thumb injury that required offseason surgery.
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