Minnesota has ‘kicked the tires’ on Josh Donaldson and Todd Frazier
The Minnesota Twins have kicked the tires on free-agent third basemen Josh Donaldson and Todd Frazier, according to Darren Wolfson of SKOR North.
Wolfson notes that the Twins could move Miguel Sano to first base and non-tender C.J. Cron in order to make room for one of Donaldson or Frazier. Sano is currently manning the hot corner for Minnesota.
Obviously, there is a major talent gap between Donaldson and Frazier, so it seems like the Twins are exploring all sorts of options at third base.
Donaldson spent the 2019 campaign with the Atlanta Braves after signing a one-year deal with the club last offseason. In 659 plate appearances, he slashed .259/.379/.521 with 37 home runs and 94 RBI.
The 33-year-old entered the big leagues with the Oakland Athletics in 2010 and became a full-time starter for the club in 2013, and by 2014, he was an All-Star for his offense and his splendid defense.
The Athletics then traded Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays in November 2014, and he then went on to enjoy the best stretch of his career, winning AL MVP honors during his first year with the Blue Jays after slashing .297/.371/.568 with 41 long balls and 123 RBI.
Between 2014 and 2016, Donaldson made three straight All-Star appearances. He was traded to the Cleveland Indians midway through 2018, but only spent half a season there before signing with the Braves.
Meanwhile, Frazier has spent the last two years with the New York Mets, posting middling results. In 2019, he slashed .251/.329/.443 with 21 dingers and 67 RBI.
The Twins led the majors in homers this past season, winning the AL Central. However, they lost to the New York Yankees in the ALDS.