The wait is apparently over for Josh Donaldson. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that Donaldson is in agreement on a four-year deal with the Minnesota Twins.
BREAKING: Per source, 3B Josh Donaldson has agreed to a four-year deal with the Minnesota Twins.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 15, 2020
The report has also been confirmed by The Athletic’s David O’Brien. Per Ken Rosenthal, Donaldson’s deal is for four-years and $92 million. It also includes a fifth year option that would bring the value to $100 million.
Recent reports suggested that Donaldson had four year offers from the Braves, Twins and Nationals but had an asking price in the proximity of $110 million guaranteed. Many around the industry expected that Donaldson would eventually return to Atlanta but that ultimately didn’t materialize.
It remains to be seen where the Braves go from here. They have a couple of internal options to fill in at third base in Johan Camargo and Austin Riley but neither are capable at this point to replace Donaldson’s bat in the middle of the order. Atlanta has been rumored to have been among the teams interested in Chicago’s Kris Bryant and Colorado’s Nolan Arenado but it remains to be seen whether they will be willing to meet the asking price.
Donaldson turned down a qualifying offer from the Braves earlier this offseason so they will receive a comp pick in the 2020 Draft.