After Josh Donaldson caught the baseball world by surprise and signed with the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, the entire MLB establishment wanted to know exactly how much Minnesota had to pay to keep the Bringer of Rain from re-signing with the Atlanta Braves.
Well, now we know. The 34-year old third baseman got an attractive stack of cash from the Twins, with his base contract being a four-year deal worth $92 million. He can earn another $12 million if the Twins decide to pick up his 2024 option.
Donaldson certainly knew his worth, and got compensated handsomely for it.
After a relatively unhealthy 2018 season in which he dealt with calf injuries, Donaldson had a major bounce-back campaign in 2019 for the Atlanta Braves. The former AL MVP played in 155 games and mashed 37 home runs to go along with 94 RBIs.
All told, the maximum possible value on Donaldson's deal is $104 million. If the Twins want to buy him out after the 2023 season, it will cost them $8 million.
With this big acquisition, the Twins are playing for a World Series title. Their lineup top to bottom is fantastic, and adding Donaldson to a group already boasting Nelson Cruz, Eddie Rosario, and Miguel Sano is a fearsome thing for the rest of the league to reckon with.