Avoids arbitration with record-breaking deal

Avoids arbitration with record-breaking deal

Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $23 million, one-year contact, a $6 million raise for the 2015 AL MVP.

Although this figure isn't particularly surprising considering Donaldson's abilities, it marks the largest arbitration agreement in the history of the league. Limited to just 113 games last season, Donaldson still bashed 33 home runs. Realistically, if Travis plays more than 100 games in 2018 the Blue Jays would probably be more than content, especially considering the depth in the infield has been vastly improved with the off-season acquisitions of Aledmys Diaz and Yangervis Solarte.

Donaldson is fresh off a two-year contract that paid him a total of $28.65 million for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

The new deal surpasses the mark set by Bryce Harper who made $21.625 million a year ago but while the news might seem encouraging to Blue Jays fans, it does not provide any indication of what this means about his future. 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.

"I could be OK if this is where I spent the rest of my career, and I could also be OK with if they decide to move on", said the 32-year-old Donaldson who becomes a free agent at the end of the 2018 season. Over the past three years with the Blue Jays, he is a.285/.387/.559 hitter with 111 home runs and 300 RBI. The team and player bypassed having an arbitrator determine Donaldson's 2018 salary by resolving his contract status for the coming season. "I wasn't really in a lot of the talks, but definitely I'm happy".

Toronto's remaining arbitration eligible players are right-handers Roberto Osuna and Marcus Stroman.

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