The deal with Donaldson is reportedly four years in length at $92 million with an option for a fifth-year.
The common consensus was that the former MVP would garner a contract north of $100 million for at least four years.
As reigning AL Central champions, the Twins are now adding a huge bat to an already solid line-up. Last season Minnesota had the second-best batting average in the majors at .270, behind only the Houston Astros. Adding Donaldson's power (34 home runs in 2019) will make the Twins lineup one of the most threatening of American League teams.
Current 3B Miguel Sanó will likely move to first base as previously reported by Ken Rosenthal.
The Washington Nationals were another team that was heavily invested in pursuing Donaldson. The 34-year-old 3B was the best corner infielder on the free agency market after Anthony Rendon left D.C. to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. Rendon's move left a huge hole in the Nationals lineup as he was the No. 3 hitter. Donaldson would have been a perfect fit defensively and at least supplement some of the lost power from Rendon.
Without any other obvious options at 3B, many considered Donaldson the Nationals' only legitimate answer at the position. In what may have been a contingency plan, the Nats signed infielders Asdrúbal Cabrera and Starlin Castro earlier in the off-season.
There is still a vital need at the position as neither Cabrera or Castro are everyday positional players.
The Nationals could at least take solace that the former Atlanta Brave is no longer in the division; he was being targeted by the Philadelphia Phillies and also had the chance to return to Atlanta.
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