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

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

Reports: Josh Donaldson Sets MLB Salary Arbitration Record at $23 Million

Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a US$23 million, one-year contact, the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player. 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. 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.

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. "Great dude to be around, great leader".

Pillar is coming off a 2017 season which saw him bat.256/.300/.404 with a career-high 16 home runs and 37 doubles, while adding 16 stolen bases and 42 RBIs.

Since new deals are permitted until the hearings start, Toronto could still avoid arbitration with Stroman and Osuna but it's unlikely considering the team's strategy historically.

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It simply means once Friday's deadline came and went, teams that adhere to a file-and-trial policy won't go back and revisit negotiations on a one-year pact prior to a hearing - the Blue Jays can now either go in front of an arbitrator with their prized pitchers next month, or come to an agreement on a multi-year deal in the meantime.

• The Yankees reached one-year deals with six players, including shortstop Didi Gregorius ($8.25 million) and right-hander Sonny Gray ($6.5 million), and are projected for a luxury tax payroll at $177 million — $20 million below the tax threshold.

"I let my people handle it".

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

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