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

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

The Toronto Blue Jays avoided going to salary arbitration with third baseman Josh Donaldson on Friday by agreeing to pay the former Auburn standout $23 million for the 2018 Major League Baseball season.

The previous record for an arbitration-eligible player was set by Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper in May, when he agreed to a one-year deal for $21.625 million.

Donaldson, a three-time All-Star and 2015 AL MVP, could still get traded this offseason, but the Blue Jays haven't appeared overly interested in moving their star slugger.

Donaldson rebounded from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit.270 last season with 33 homers and 78 runs batted in over 113 games.

Blue Jays pitchers and catchers report on Feb 14.to kick off Spring Traing, with position players arriving February 19 for physicals. "There's always a lot that goes into a negotiation so I would say it definitely doesn't hurt".

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The Blue Jays are considered a "file and trial" team , meaning that once salary figures are exchanged, they don't negotiate one-year deals further and opt for the hearing.

"I let my people handle it".

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

Two key parts of the Jays' pitching staff that were eligible for arbitration, closer Roberto Osuna and starter Marcus Stroman, remain unsigned. "If the numbers don't line up that's what the hearing is built in for". He is eligible for free agency after this season.

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