Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays Agree to Record-Setting Contract to Avoid Arbitration

Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays Agree to Record-Setting Contract to Avoid Arbitration

Toronto set a new Major League Baseball record by signing third baseman Josh Donaldson to the most expensive single-season contract for an arbitration-eligible player.

Last year, Stroman won his arbitration case, being awarded $3.4 million, rather than the Jays' offer of $3.1 million in the first year he was arbitration eligible. Donaldson hit.270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and 78 RBI as the Jays slumped and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

The record-setting $23 million is a $6 million dollar raise from last season and a significant jump from what many industry experts had prognosticated for Donaldson. Toronto seems intent on keeping Donaldson heading into the season, but he'll be a hot trade candidate in July if they fall out of contention.

Donaldson was coming off a $28.65 million, two-year deal.

The previous record deal for an arbitration-eligible player was Bryce Harper's $21.625 million for the 2018 season, which was finalized last May.

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"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. Loup, who went 2-3 with a 3.75 ERA in 70 games, signed for $1.8.

"We definitely still have flexibility and we definitely have room to make moves, whether that be via free agency or trade and feel like we're in a good position to continue to make our team better", Atkins said.

- With files from Joshua Clipperton in Burnaby, B.C.

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