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Josh Donaldson Sets MLB Salary Arbitration Record at $23 Million

13 January 2018, 05:34 | Charlene Valdez

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

Josh Donaldson

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.

Josh Donaldson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates after hitting a home run against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park on September 26, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Donaldson put the injury behind him in the last two months of the season, when he hit.302 with 22 home runs, an on-base average of.410 and a slugging percentage of.688.

Toronto also agreed to one-year deals with six other players, including outfielder Kevin Pillar for $3.25 million and right-hander Aaron Sanchez for $2.7 million.

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

Carrera earned $1,162,500 last season, when the 30-year-old Venezuelan played every outfield spot and batted.282 with eight homers and 20 RBIs in a career-high 131 games for the Blue Jays - 91 of those in left field. He will be eligible for free agency following the 2018 season. "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.

Two key parts of the Jays' pitching staff that were eligible for arbitration, closer Roberto Osuna and starter Marcus Stroman, remain unsigned.

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

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