Blue Jays ink record deal for Don­ald­son – re­ports

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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.

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