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Jays sign Josh Donaldson to one-year, $23-million contract

Jays sign Josh Donaldson to one-year, $23-million contract

The Toronto Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson have avoided arbitration, settling at $23 million for the 2018 season, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. 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.

The Blue Jays spent a good portion of the winter listening to trade offers for Donaldson as they face the decision of whether to send him away while getting value in return or possibly losing him with no compensation as a free agent.

Donaldson, a three-time All-Star and 2015 AL MVP, could still get traded this offseason, but the Blue Jays have not appeared overly interested in moving their star slugger. Donaldson put the injury behind him in the last two months of the season, when he hit.302 with 22 home runs, an on-base average of.410 and a slugging percentage of.688. "Josh broke the record with his performance and quite frankly blew it out of the water", Atkins said on a conference call.

Toronto also agreed to one-year deals with six other players, including outfielder Kevin Pillar for $3.25 million and right-hander Aaron Sanchez for $2.7 million. "Great dude to be around, great leader".




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

"I let my people handle it".

Of nine arbitration-eligible players, Marcus Stroman and Roberto Osuna are the only two Blue Jays that the team did not reach contract agreements with before Friday's 1 p.m. deadline for salary figure exchanges. He will be eligible for free agency following the 2018 season.


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