Donaldson cites success hitting at Target Frield among reasons for joining Twins 'I enjoy winning'

Donaldson was the 2015 MVP and 2019 Comeback Player of the Year

Sloane Martin
January 22, 2020 - 2:53 pm
Josh Donaldson #20 of the Atlanta Braves hits the game winning home run against the Washington Nationals during the tenth inning at Nationals Park on July 31, 2019 in Washington, DC.

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Josh Donaldson, the Minnesota Twins’ offseason free agent splash signing and 2020 starting third baseman, was officially introduced to media Wednesday.

LISTEN: The press conference introducing Josh Donaldson

The 2015 MVP and 2019 Comeback Player of the Year agreed to a 4-year, $92 million deal through 2023, making him the most expensive free-agent signing in Twins history.

Donaldson said the financial commitment and his success hitting at Target Field in his 9-year career were major factors in the decision.

"For some reason the stadium sets up well for me, maybe it's background, however it's been... I've taken a personal liking to it," he said. "I've had some great experiences here and 'm looking forward to putting up more numbers here."

He hopes to have the ability to elevate the franchise

“I enjoy winning,” he said. “I think over my entire career I’ve been pretty successful at doing that and establishing an environment that’s successful for winning and ultimately it comes down to competing.”

The Twins were swept by the Yankees in the 2019 postseason after a home-run record-setting, 101-win season. They have not won a playoff series since 2002. Analysts have praised their lineup’s potential for 2020.

Pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers Wednesday, Feb. 12. The first full-squad workout is Monday, Feb. 17. The first Spring Training broadcast on WCCO is Feb. 22.

Opening Day is March 26 at Oakland, one of Donaldson’s former teams, and the first game at Target Field is April 2.

You can follow the Twins all season long here on WCCO.

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