The Minnesota Twins had already offered the third baseman a four-year deal, but they are one of several clubs going over the $100 million mark.
The Minnesota Twins may have come up empty in their adventure for free-agent pitching, but that doesn’t mean they are going down in free agency without a fight. With most of the impact arms off the market, the Twins have turned their attention to upgrading their infield and with that has brought the pursuit of third baseman Josh Donaldson.
When the rumors of Donaldson being pursued by the Twins first surfaced in November, it seemed like a long shot that “The Bringer of Rain” would be joining the Bomba Squad. (After all, they had a pitching staff to upgrade.) But now that the Twins have exhausted their opportunities on the market, it appears that they have given Donaldson their full attention.
After a report that the Twins had offered Donaldson a four-year deal earlier in the week, a new report on Wednesday showed just how interested they are. According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Twins are one of three teams along with the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves to offer Donaldson a contract “in the $100 million range.”
While David O’Brien of The Athletic confirmed the Braves’ offer to Donaldson, it’s still a crapshoot as to where the 34-year old will sign. Donaldson is the last notable free agent left on the market for third baseman and his bat and solid defense would be an upgrade to any infield, let alone the Twins, who have a pair of holes after the departures of Jonathan Schoop and C.J. Cron.
Despite the buzz, there is no timetable for a decision from Donaldson, but if the Twins could land it off, it would be one of the biggest free-agent acquisitions in team history.