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Make it Rain: Josh Donaldson signs four-year deal with Twins

"The Bringer of Rain" adds more offense (and some defense) to the Bomba Squad.

The Minnesota Twins have had a lackluster offseason to date and while they didn't add a star pitcher to their rotation, they claimed a major victory on Tuesday night, reportedly signing third baseman Josh Donaldson to a four-year deal.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is worth $92 million and carries an option for a fifth year that can push the total to $100 million.

Donaldson became the top target for the Twins this offseason after they whiffed on multiple attempts to acquire the impact pitching they sought to acquire back in October. While the Twins were able to fill their rotation with Jake Odorizzi, Michael Pineda, Rich Hill, and Homer Bailey, they still didn't have the impact signing that appears to put a team that won 101 games last season over the top.

"The Bringer of Rain" has the chance to do just that as he's smashed 33 or more home runs in three of the past four seasons. The 2015 American League MVP also adds some clout on the defensive end of the ball, where he ranked third among third basemen in Major League Baseball in Baseball Savant's new outs above average metric, behind only Colorado's Nolan Arenado and Oakland's Matt Chapman.

The signing of Donaldson likely means that Miguel Sano, who officially signed a new three-year deal on Tuesday, will move to first base and the Twins will have filled the void left by C.J. Cron in a massive way .

Donaldson's arrival has already earned the stamp of approval from reliever Tyler Duffey.

With roughly a month before pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers, the Twins would still be wise to keep searching for another starting pitcher to add to the rotation. But with the addition of Donaldson, the Twins have struck the free-agent deal that fans have been demanding for a long time.

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