Josh Donaldson Officially Signs With The Twins
The Minnesota Twins have just signed their highest priced free agent ever. Josh Donaldson is Minnesota's new "Million Dollar Man". Josh inked a 4 year 92 million dollar guaranteed contract yesterday in Minneapolis.
The Minnesota Twins went into this offseason looking for an impact addition, a “needle-mover,” as described by president of baseball operations Derek Falvey. They got him in slugger Josh Donaldson, who joins a lineup that didn’t really need much of an impact.
Minnesota hit a major league-record 307 home runs last season while winning 101 games. The Twins’ .270 batting average was second in MLB, but the leader was Houston at .274, so …
In other words, as the regular-season wound down, the Twins had few issues, and hitting wasn’t one of them.
Many fans, including myself were hoping the Twins would sign a "big arm" as pitching was certainly the reason the Twins couldn't get by the Yankees in the playoffs once again last season.
Top pitchers Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi and Michael Pineda return, the latter two after signing offseason deals. The Twins added free-agent veterans Homer Bailey, 6-3 with a 4.30 earned-run average in half a season with Oakland, and veteran lefty Rich Hill.
A handful of young hopefuls could help round out a rotation, most notably Randy Dobnak and Devin Smeltzer — solid in a combined 11 starts late last year — but Bailey and Hill were signed to fill out a veteran rotation the Twins hope is rolling after the all-star break.
Is it baseball season yet? I'm ready!