Blue Jays ink record deal for Donaldson – reports
Josh Donaldson, a third baseman for Toronto, signed a Major League Baseball record salary deal for arbitrationeligible players yesterday, inking a $23million contract to remain with the Blue Jays in 2018, according to multiple reports.
Multiple sources reported the new deal between the 32-year-old infielder and the Canadian club, the largest sum paid to avoid a salary arbitration hearing.
The move came hours before yesterday’s deadline for players and teams to exchange salary proposals for the 2018 campaign. If teams and players cannot reach a deal, a panel decides which of the two amounts will be paid.
This was the final year of arbitration eligibility for Donaldson, who made $17 million last year. The 2015 American League Most Valuable Player hit .270 with 33 home runs and 78 runs batted in over 113 games for Toronto in 2017. He missed 49 games with a calf injury.
The prior record for such a deal was the $21.625 million paid by Washington to outfielder Bryce Harper.