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Sports Jays avoid arbitration with Donaldson

01:05  13 january  2018
01:05  13 january  2018 Source:   msn.com

Josh Donaldson agrees to $23M, 1-year deal with Blue Jays

  Josh Donaldson agrees to $23M, 1-year deal with Blue Jays Josh Donaldson agrees to $23M, 1-year deal with Blue JaysThe 32-year-old, a three-time All-Star, rebounded from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit .270 last season with 33 homers and 78 RBIs in 113 games. The sure-handed infielder missed time from April 14 through May 25 with a calf injury, which also hampered him during spring training.

MLB insider Shi Davidi joins the Jeff Blair Show to break down the news that Blue Jays and Josh Donaldson have avoided arbitration , settling on million

The Toronto Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson have agreed to a one-year contract worth million, avoiding arbitration with a record deal. Donaldson is entering his fourth season with the Jays , including the 2015 season when he led the league with 123 RBIs and hit .297 on his way to

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TORONTO - Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a US$23 million, one-year contact, the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player.

The new deal gives the 2015 AL MVP a $6 million raise.

The 32-year-old three-time all-star, who was eligible for arbitration, becomes the highest paid player on the Jays.

Donaldson rebounded from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit .270 last season with 33 homers and 78 runs batted in over 113 games. The sure-handed infielder missed time from April 14 through May 25 with a calf injury, which also hampered him during spring training.

The Jays have the money for Josh Donaldson, and still they wait

  The Jays have the money for Josh Donaldson, and still they wait The Blue Jays could afford to sign Josh Donaldson to a multi-year contract right now, but haven’t. Why not? The club has a projected opening day payroll at the moment of just under $148.5-million, which is $15 million less than a year ago on opening day. And following the 2018 season, five players, including Donaldson, will be eligible for free agency, taking more than $54 million off the major-league payroll.

The star third baseman has also been mentioned in trade rumors this offseason.

Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays avoid salary arbitration with a record deal. Donaldson set a new record for arbitration -eligible players with a Donaldson is a three-time All-Star who saw his production drop off in 2017, partially due to a early season calf injury the sidelined him for six weeks.

Donaldson was coming off a $28.65 million, two-year deal. He is eligible for free agency after this season.

"Josh is huge component to our team and to our success — what he brings not only on the baseball field, but in the clubhouse," Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez told reporters reporters before an event at a school in Burnaby, B.C., as part of the club's winter tour. "Great dude to be around, great leader."

Donaldson has a .285 batting average with 111 home runs and 300 RBIs over three seasons in Toronto.

Sanchez also avoided arbitration, signing a one-year deal worth $2.7 million.

"I let my people handle it. I wasn't really in a lot of the talks, but definitely I'm happy."

The Blue Jays also agreed to one-year deals with outfielder Kevin Pillar ($3.25 million), second baseman Devon Travis ($1.45 million), right-hander Dominic Leone ($1.085 million), outfielder Ezequiel Carrera ($1.9 million) and left-hander Aaron Loup ($1.8 million)

Two key parts of the Jays' pitching staff that were eligible for arbitration, closer Roberto Osuna and starter Marcus Stroman, remain unsigned.

— With files from Joshua Clipperton in Burnaby, B.C.

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