Don­ald­son, Bryant set records

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NEW YORK >> Third base­men Josh Don­ald­son and Kris Bryant set records Fri­day when they were among 145 play­ers who agreed to one-year con­tracts rather than swap pro­posed salaries in ar­bi­tra­tion with their teams.

Don­ald­son and Toronto agreed at $23 mil­lion, the largest one-year deal for an ar­bi­tra­tion-el­i­gi­ble player. The 32-year-old, a three­time All-Star, topped the $21,625,000, one-year deal cov­er­ing 2018 agreed to last May by out­fielder Bryce Harper and Washington.

Don­ald­son, the 2015 AL MVP, got a $6 mil­lion raise af­ter re­bound­ing 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.

Bryant set­tled with the Chicago Cubs at $10.85 mil­lion, the most for a player el­i­gi­ble for ar­bi­tra­tion for the first time. The pre­vi­ous mark was held by Philadel­phia first base­man Ryan Howard, who was awarded $10 mil­lion by a three-per­son panel in 2008.

Bryant hit .295 with 29 home runs and 73 RBIs last year, when he made $1.05 mil­lion. The pre­vi­ous sea­son, he earned Na­tional League MVP hon­ors when he hit .292 with 39 homers and 102 RBIs. The Cubs won the World Se­ries that year for the first time since 1908.

Bal­ti­more third base­man Manny Machado, like Don­ald­son el­i­gi­ble for free agency af­ter this sea­son, agreed at $16 mil­lion. Hous­ton pitcher Dal­las Keuchel agreed to a $13.2 mil­lion deal.

Just 27 play­ers swapped fig­ures and re­main on track for hear­ings next month.

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