Josh Donaldson signs with the Twins
Most of the baseball world was focused on the Red Sox around 7:00 PM ET on Tuesday, as they had just announced they were parting ways with Alex Cora as their manager. While that was happening, the Twins were adding a star to the middle of an already-scary lineup. Minnesota signed Josh Donaldson to a four-year deal worth $92 million. This is a massive deal, and more than I thought, on a per-year basis, Donaldson would get. That is not to say it is a bad deal. The Twins see an opening for a multi-year run in an AL Central with a falling Cleveland team and rising Chicago roster. They had one of the best offenses in the game last year and now add a star-quality hitter in Donaldson. Long story short, this is not going to be a fun lineup to face. Donaldson is entering his age-34 season, but the Twins will have the DH spot opening up sooner than later with Nelson Cruz turning 40 this year. When he retires or leaves for another team, Donaldson can slide into the DH role with Miguel Sanó sliding back to third from first base, where he’ll head now.
Sox Spin: This could have a big effect on the Red Sox. For one thing, their pitchers are in the same league as this Twins lineup, which is unfortunate for them. That’s not great. Perhaps more immediately, the Braves are now going to be looking elsewhere after missing out here. Most of the focus will be on Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado, but there’s a chance this makes them more motivated to make a legitimate offer for Mookie Betts. I’d still put the odds lower than 50 percent, but they missed out on a star and may want another one, regardless of position.