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Miguel Sano moving to first base after Twins’ signing of Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson’s arrival will bring some other changes to the Minnesota Twins’ infield.

Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reported on Monday that Minnesota’s signing of the ex-All-Star third baseman means that slugger Miguel Sano will move from the hot corner to first base. Gleeman adds that Sano has been working out this offseason at both first and third, which was the case last year too.

Sano, 26, hit .247 last season with career-highs in home runs (34) and RBIs (79) despite playing in just 105 games. He started 91 of those games at third but also saw some time at first and has gotten a total of 26 starts there to this point of his career. Gleeman does note that many have been predicting a shift to first base for Sano since he was a teenager.

With Nelson Cruz entrenched as the designated hitter on a team that won 101 games last season, keeping Sano’s bat in the lineup full-time like this will ensure plenty of offensive firepower for the Twins in 2020 as well. They should be a handful on the other side of the ball too.

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