Blue Jays sign star Josh Donaldson to one-year, $23-million deal

Blue Jays, Donaldson avoid arbitration with record $23M deal

The Toronto Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson avoided arbitration on Friday, at a reported record $23million.

The 2015 American League MVP is coming off a relatively underwhelming year by his own high standards, and was limited to only 113 games by multiple injuries. He hit.270 with a.385 on-base percentage and 33 homers. Donaldson earned $17 million last season and has been a topic of discussion all offseason long as his free agency looms in the background.

Blue Jays pitchers and catchers report on Feb kick off Spring Traing, with position players arriving February 19 for physicals.

The salary is a record for an arbitration-eligible player, surpassing Bryce Harper's figure for this season. The sure-handed infielder missed time from April 14 through May 25 with a calf injury, which also hampered him during spring training. He went 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA, after an All-Star season in 2016 in which he was 15-2 with an AL-best 3.00 ERA. Over the past three years with the Blue Jays, he is a.285/.387/.559 hitter with 111 home runs and 300 RBI. "I wasn't really in a lot of the talks, but definitely I'm happy".

Earlier, the Jays announced they have avoided arbitration with outfielder Ezequiel Carrera and left-hander Aaron Loup, signing the pair to one-year contracts for 2018.

Marcus Stroman, Roberto Osuna, Aaron Sanchez, Kevin Pillar, Devon Travis and Dominic Leone are the club's other eligible players.

Stroman, who won a career-high 13 games in 2017 while boasting a 3.09 ERA, required an arbitration hearing past year before securing a $3.4 million salary.

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