The Dodgers have officially missed on every big ticket free agent this off-season. According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with free agent third baseman Josh Donaldson on a four-year deal. The terms of the deal in number are not yet known.
BREAKING: Per source, 3B Josh Donaldson has agreed to a four-year deal with the Minnesota Twins.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 15, 2020
Donaldson always seemed like a long-shot considering the Dodgers would have had to move Justin Turner away from the hot corner and because Donaldson seemed intent on getting a four-year deal.
Donaldson was one of the best comeback stories in 2019 and cashed in on it. The Twins set the MLB record for most home runs in a season in 2019 and have just added even more thump to the lineup to strengthen their club further. The White Sox and Twins battling it out in the AL Central should be a fun watch all season.
The main takeaway from this is that the Twins were likely more interested in going that fourth year with the 34-year-old third baseman than any other team in the sweepstakes. The Dodgers were always mentioned to be on the periphery — in large part because they have money to spend — and were never truly concrete in the mix.
If the Dodgers did have any real hopes of signing Donaldson or any free agent third baseman, they will now be forced to pivot to the trade market where Nolan Arenado and Kris Bryant both loom large.