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Josh Donaldson Sets MLB Salary Arbitration Record at $23 Million

Josh Donaldson Sets MLB Salary Arbitration Record at $23 Million

Atkins wouldn't get into details about the potential of a long-term contract with the 32-year-old Donaldson but did say that Friday's deal could help in future negotiations. "Those are not my decisions". Over the past three years with the Blue Jays, he is a.285/.387/.559 hitter with 111 home runs and 300 RBI. He is entering his fourth year as the team's full-time center fielder, having first taken over the job back in 2015 when he hit a career-high.278 with 25 stolen bases. "I wasn't really in a lot of the talks, but definitely I'm happy".

Carrera, who hit.282 with eight home runs and 20 RBIs last season, signed for $1.9 million. The 2016 AL ERA leader was projected to earn $1.9 million in 2018 after a disappointing 2017 season and the lingering blister issues. 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. I enjoy what we've been able to build in this organization.

That gave the Blue Jays some cost certainty for two of Donaldson's arb years, but it also allowed Donaldson to cash in on that final arbitration year, which he's reportedly done in a big way.

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After three straight years as an All-Star and two with top-five finishes in All-Star voting Donaldson's production was slightly down in 2017, partially due to an early-season calf injury that kept him out for six weeks.

Toronto will likely now try to work out an extension with Donaldson even though he's on the wrong side of 30.

Asked about trade interest in him, Donaldson had a direct response. "And I tend to agree with them".


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