Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson receives record $23 million to avoid arbitration

Blue Jays Josh Donaldson avoid arbitration with record deal

The third baseman is a three-time All-Star and won the American League MVP in 2015. 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. The sure-handed infielder missed time from April 14 through May 25 with a calf injury, which also hampered him during spring training. 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.

Donaldson is one of nine arbitration-eligible Blue Jays, with the club announcing deals for Ezequiel Carrera ($1.9 million) and Aaron Loup ($1,812,500) on Friday morning ahead of the 1 p.m. ET deadline for exchanging proposed salaries.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Blue Jays settled the case with Aaron Sanchez for $2.7 million and avoided arbitration. The previous mark was held by Ryan Howard, who was awarded $10 million by a three-person panel in 2008, his first year of eligibility for arbitration. As a file-and-trial team, the only way to avoid a hearing once the sides trade numbers is a multi-year agreement. The 31-year-old centerfielder hit.331 with 37 homers and 104 RBIs last year and made $7.3 million.

- Left-hander Patrick Corbin and the Arizona Diamondbacks avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $7.5 million, one-year contract.

Reds CF Billy Hamilton: 1 year, $4.6 million.

Pillar batted.256 with 16 homers and 42 RBIs in 154 games.

Orioles LHP Zach Britton: 1 year, $12 million.

White Sox 1B Jose Abreu:1 year, $13 million.

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