Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson avoid arbitration with record deal


Donaldson, 32, has been the subject of numerous trade rumors this offseason, with the Cardinals seemingly the most aggressive in bidding for his services.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Blue Jays settled the case with Aaron Sanchez for $2.7 million and avoided arbitration.

The settlement will pay the three-time All-Star $23 million in 2018 after making $17 million in 2017, he now surpasses Russell Martin and Troy Tulowitzki as the highest paid player on the roster.

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The 2015 American League MVP appeared in only 113 games last season, sidelined early in the season with a calf injury and hobbled at different points the rest of the way. "Great dude to be around, great leader".

"I let my people handle it". Still, he managed to hit 33 home runs and drive in 78 runs in under 500 plate appearances. Joining Pillar was third baseman Josh Donaldson, second baseman Devon Travis, and right-handed pitchers Dominic Leone and Aaron Sanchez.

Stroman, who won a career-high 13 games in 2017 while boasting a 3.09 ERA, required an arbitration hearing previous year before securing a $3.4 million salary. "If the numbers don't line up that's what the hearing is built in for".

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When asked about his uncertain status Friday morning in an interview on MLB Network before news broke about his new contract, Donaldson stated his desire to remain with the Blue Jays before casually saying he is fine no matter what Toronto's front office decides about his future.

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

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

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