Blue Jays, Donaldson avoid arbitration with record deal

Blue Jays, Donaldson avoid arbitration with record deal

Blue Jays, Donaldson avoid arbitration with record deal

Donaldson and the Blue Jays avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing on a US$23 million, one-year contact - the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player.

The contract gives Donaldson a $6 million raise while also making the 2015 AL MVP the highest paid player on the Jays' roster.

Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson rounds first base on his solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Sept. 26, 2017.

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Donaldson, 32, has been the subject of numerous trade rumours this offseason, with the St Louis Cardinals seemingly the most aggressive in bidding for his services. He missed time from April 14 through May 25 with a calf injury. Over the past three years with the Blue Jays, he is a.285/.387/.559 hitter with 111 home runs and 300 RBI. "Great dude to be around, great leader". "I wasn't really in a lot of the talks, but definitely I'm happy".

It simply means once Friday's deadline came and went, teams that adhere to a file-and-trial policy won't go back and revisit negotiations on a one-year pact prior to a hearing - the Blue Jays can now either go in front of an arbitrator with their prized pitchers next month, or come to an agreement on a multi-year deal in the meantime.

Marcus Stroman, Roberto Osuna, Aaron Sanchez, Kevin Pillar, Devon Travis and Dominic Leone are the club's other eligible players. Loup, who went 2-3 with a 3.75 ERA in 70 games, signed for $1.8.

Going the hearing route now would have done little good for the Blue Jays' relationship with Donaldson, especially with him eligible for free agency in the fall.

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