Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Toronto Blue Jays and Josh Donaldson settle on record arbitration deal

Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson hits a three-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto. The hot corner figures to be smoking Friday Jan. 12 2018 when Toronto Blue Jays and Josh Donaldson settle on record arbitration deal
Shannon Reynolds | 13 January, 2018, 03:35

The Blue Jays and star third baseman Josh Donaldson have agreed to an arbitration-record contract of $23 million for the 2018 season, Shi Davidi reports.

Although this figure isn't particularly surprising considering Donaldson's abilities, it marks the largest arbitration agreement in the history of the league.

Carrera, who hit.282 with eight home runs and 20 RBIs last season, signed for $1.9 million.

The settlement will pay the three-time All-Star $23 million in 2018 after making $17 million in 2017, he now surpasses Russell Martin and Troy Tulowitzki as the highest paid player on the roster. Expect more of the same from the third baseman in 2018. The team will have to make a decision on his future after this season as the 32-year old is a free agent at the end of the 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. Bryant hit.295 with 29 home runs and 73 RBIs in 2017.

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Donaldson is one of nine arbitration-eligible Blue Jays, with the club announcing deals for Ezequiel Carrera ($1.9 million) and Aaron Loup ($1,812,500) on Friday morning ahead of the 1 p.m. ET deadline for exchanging proposed salaries. "And I tend to agree with them", Donaldson said with a smile.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Blue Jays settled the case with Aaron Sanchez for $2.7 million and avoided arbitration. "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 remaining arbitration eligible players are right-handers Roberto Osuna and Marcus Stroman.

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