A Wait Rewarded
Donaldson made clear that he viewed yesterday’s press conference at Target Field as a moment. The 34-year-old had worked his whole life to choose the franchise where he was spending the rest of his professional career.
“This is what I've worked my entire life for since I was five years old. There's a lot of sacrifices that I have made and that I'm continuing to make to this day,” shared Donaldson. ”It doesn't stop."
Twins fans certainly hope it doesn’t stop, because they are in the same boat. It’s been a LONG time – as in forever. Never have the Twins signed a free agent to this much money. Never have they signed a free agent of Donaldson’s caliber. We’re talking about an offensive and defensive difference-maker who garnered MVP votes in six of the last seven seasons. “You want to [make a big move] when you really, really have a needle mover that is that impactful,” emphasized Twins CBO Derek Falvey.
We’re still in waiting mode a little bit. We’ll all have to wait to see where Donaldson bats in the Twins lineup; manager Rocco Baldelli doesn’t seem to know. We’ll have to wait to see what number Donaldson is wearing on his back; he hedged a bit on whether the #24 he wore yesterday will be his everyday number. And we’ll have to wait to see how a four (or maybe five) year contract plays out for a 34-year-old player.
But we don’t have to wait to see the commitment each side was ready to show. “There was never a moment where I felt like, hey, [Donaldson] doesn’t really want the Twins to be in,” said Falvey. “It felt like he wanted the Twins to be in throughout the conversation.”
Certainly, when Donaldson was ready, the Twins were. They had been on board all offseason. “I believe that there’s a really small subset of the truly impactful guys in any cycle in an offseason, said Falvey. “Josh is one of them.”
Thus, we witnessed a juncture in the basement of Target Field yesterday, on a gray, sleeting day, sides came together and history was made. Donaldson got the contract he has been waiting for. The Twins got the impact player they were waiting for. Maybe most importantly, Twins fans got the move they were waiting for.
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