The acquisition of Donaldson will allow the Twins to move third baseman Miguel Sanó across the diamond to first base. Sanó has a powerful arm and is agile for his size, but the 26-year-old slugger who’s listed at 6-foot-4 and 272 pounds ought to be better suited for the long term at first.
Sanó was at Target Field on Tuesday to finalize a three-year, $30 million contract and told reporters he was more than willing to switch spots, noting he’s worked out at both positions during the offseason.
Here's a by the numbers look at Josh Donaldson's 2019 season with the Braves.
The Twins created a vacancy at first base by not tendering a contract to C.J. Cron, who hit 25 homers in 125 games in 2019 but was hampered by a thumb injury that required offseason surgery. Cron signed with Detroit.
The Braves, meanwhile, now need a third baseman and cleanup hitter.