Atlanta Braves

FEINSAND: Twins to Sign Josh Donaldson


The slugging veteran and former MVP — reputed for his bat flips and historical domination of Target Field — upgrades an already potent offense after bashing 37 home runs for Atlanta in 2019.


This marked the fourth time in five years he has launched 30+ home runs, excepting only an injury-shortened 2018.


Back in 2015, Donaldson earned AL MVP honors with 41 bombs and 123 RBIs.His arrival will push Miguel Sano across the diamond to first base, and while it's fair to wonder how Sano will fare as a full-timer there for the first time, the move will almost certainly improve Minnesota's infield defense overall.


Age is of course a factor, and the length of his deal makes it likely Donaldson will move to first or DH at some point, but for now he's a dramatic defensive upgrade.


The bat is his featured strength, and rightfully so, but this acquisition helps the pitching staff.


Since 2014, Donaldson ranks third among position players in fWAR (behind only Mike Trout in Mookie Betts).






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