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Thursday, February 27, 2020

A Minny switch: Sano moves across diamond for Donaldson

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — For the Twins to land free agent Josh Donaldson, Miguel Sano knew what would be asked of him. He didn’t hesitate.

Instead, Sano sent a video to Donaldson, lobbying the 2015 American League MVP to join the Twins. The key to Sano’s pitch: He would happily move across the infield to play first base with Donaldson taking over at third.

Understand, too, that Sano has appeared in just 31 games at first base since making his big league debut in 2015, spending the last five seasons working to improve at third.

“The first time I met him, I saw that he’s a really good guy and he’s got a lot of energy,” Sano said. “He’s the kind of player that I love to see. He’s positive and he loves the game. He likes to win and play hard. That’s something that I see all the time.”

 

 

QLE Posted: February 27, 2020 at 01:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: josh donaldson, miguel sano, trading places

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Miguel Sano agrees to three-year contract; five other Twins avoid arbitration

The Twins finally agreed to a long-term contract with a slugging All-Star third baseman on Friday, but it wasn’t the one they’ve been pursuing for the past month.

Miguel Sano, who figures to move across the diamond to first base if Josh Donaldson accepts the Twins’ month-old free-agent offer, signaled his apparently willingness to do so by agreeing to a three-year contract with a team option for a fourth, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the deal.

Sano is guaranteed $30 million over the next three seasons, pending a physical, the sources confirmed, a number that jumps to $41 million over four years if the Twins pick up his option for the 2023 season. The deal capped a day in which the Twins also agreed to spend $18.68 million on five other arbitration-eligible veterans in 2020 — but failed to negotiate a deal with All-Star righthander Jose Berrios.

Berrios and the Twins have three weeks to work out a deal, or an arbitrator will choose from among the sides’ proposals in February. Berrios, who won 14 games and pitched in an All-Star Game for the second time in 2019 while earning $620,000, is seeking a $4.4 million salary this summer, while the Twins offered $4.025 million, a seemingly paltry gap to bridge in a payroll that totaled $119 million last year.

 

QLE Posted: January 11, 2020 at 12:25 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, miguel sano, twins

 

 

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