MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins’ three-game series against the Atlanta Braves last August has been best remembered by the image of Ronald Acuna Jr. jogging in from center field, head down, before Miguel Sano’s walk-off home run even sailed over his head.

Two high-scoring losses followed that game.

But now Twins fans have a new reason to remember that series: It was the one that imprinted the idea in Josh Donaldson’s head that he might want to join the Twins.

“Looking from afar at the team that I saw as a visiting player, the amount of ability that was here, the love and exuberance for the game, and an overall talented team that was tough to play against, that obviously drew me to want to be a Minnesota Twin,” Donaldson said Wednesday, Jan. 22.

The Twins introduced Donaldson, who officially signed a four-year deal worth $92 million, with a club option for the 2024 season, on Wednesday. Donaldson will earn $21 million per season for four years with a $16 million club option or an $8 million buyout for 2024.

The 34-year third baseman is a former American League MVP and three-time all-star. Last year with the Braves, Donaldson hit .259 with a .379 on-base percentage and a .521 slugging percentage. He hit 37 home runs, winning the National League Comeback Player of the Year award after playing in just 52 games in 2018 as he dealt with injuries.

Shortly after this offseason began, Donaldson instructed his agent, Dan Lozano, to call the Twins. He was drawn to the team for many reasons, including liking how the division was set up, the chance to return to the American League and the opportunity to play at Target Field, a place where he has hit well.

The Twins sensed that opportunity, too. Though they went into the offseason in search of impact pitching, they shifted gears as the top arms opted for other teams and instead turned their attention to improving an already-potent offense that set a major league home run record in 2019.

“When we went into this offseason, our goal was to find a way to impact this team in a significant way and find ways to improve upon a club that we felt was really talented, that had some success last year, but had a chance to continue to take even more steps forward,” Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said. “And as we went through that, there’s a really small subset of players in free agency and even through trade that you can acquire that have that kind of impact. And in Josh Donaldson, we most certainly have found that.”

After a December conference call with his agent, general manager Thad Levine and manager Rocco Baldelli, Donaldson told his girlfriend that the conversation went well.

Talks hit a bit of a lull around the holidays and picked up again near New Year’s Eve, when Falvey said he remembers talking to Lozano on the phone at 9:45 p.m. Conversations continued into January as Donaldson sought out “as much clarity as possible” before landing on Minnesota.

News of Donaldson’s deal broke Jan. 14, the day the Twins officially signed Sano, last year’s third baseman who will be moving to first base, to a three-year extension. It ignited a spark throughout the fan base and elicited excitement throughout the organization.

“There were just (a) few players in the game, shoot, since I’ve been in the game that are as talented, as quality, as well-rounded of a player as Josh is,” Baldelli said. “… On top of all of the numbers that he’s put up and the impact that he has, your eye is generally drawn to him on the field. He has a presence about him that is real.”

At $92 million, his contract is the most money the Twins have given to a free agent, eclipsing the $54 million the Twins gave starting pitcher Ervin Santana. It’s something not lost on Donaldson.

“For it to be the most lucrative deal in the Twins’ free agency — I know Joe Mauer signed a really nice deal here, and obviously for good reasons — that amount of commitment for the family, my friends, my agency, how much that means to us I can’t express those words,” Donaldson said. “It’s so difficult to do that because it is so meaningful. This is what I’ve worked my entire life for since I was 5 years old, and there’s a lot of sacrifices that have been made. And, you know, I’m continuing that to this day. It doesn’t stop.”