Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson reach $23M deal for 2018 season


Blue Jays Avoid Arbitration with Ezequiel Carrera Raise Floor in Outfield by Kyle Matte

The Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson avoided arbitration Friday at a record $23 million, Sportsnet first reported.

Although this figure isn't particularly surprising considering Donaldson's abilities, it marks the largest arbitration agreement in the history of the league. He rebounded from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit.270 last season with 33 homers and 78 RBIs.

As you would expect, many players avoided arbitration before the deadline by agreeing to contracts for the upcoming season. It should be noted that Bryce Harper's final year of arbitration was bought out by the Washington Nationals for $21.65 million last May.

Donaldson is fresh off a two-year contract that paid him a total of $28.65 million for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Donaldson is one year away from free agency, and the high salary will help set his market next winter.

When asked about his uncertain status Friday morning in an interview on MLB Network before news broke about his new contract, Donaldson stated his desire to remain with the Blue Jays before casually saying he is fine no matter what Toronto's front office decides about his future. Over the past three years with the Blue Jays, he is a.285/.387/.559 hitter with 111 home runs and 300 RBI. The 27-year-old hit.253 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs last season and made $552,100. "The fact of the matter is, I really enjoy where I'm at right now and I enjoy being a Toronto Blue Jay and enjoy what we've been able to build in this organization and I'm very happy".

Toronto's other arbitration eligible players are right-handers Dominic Leone, Roberto Osuna, Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman, outfielder Kevin Pillar and second baseman Devon Travis.

Latest News