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Former 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson cashed in as a free agent on a big bounce-back season with the Braves to reportedly get a four-year contract with the Minnesota Twins for at least four years and $92 million dollars. Regardless if he eventually earns a fifth year that could take the deal to $104 million, it’s a huge move for a team that just crushed a record-setting 307 home runs during the regular season en route to earning its first American League Central title since 2010 and just the second 100-win season in franchise history.
Now that they’re adding a man who just clubbed 37 home runs for Atlanta, we asked David Schoenfield, Dan Mullen and Christina Kahrl about the impact of the move in the standings, the postseason picture and for Donaldson’s old team going forward.
Who is the AL Central favorite?
David Schoenfield: I get that the Twins’ lineup is loaded, coming off a season in which they mashed a record 307 home runs — and now they’ve added Donaldson, giving them six hitters who hit more than 30 home runs last year. It’s going to be fun to watch them hit.