Published On: Fri, Jan 12th, 2018

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson avoid arbitration, sign 1-year, $23-million deal

Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a $ 23 million (U.S.), one-year contact, a $ 6 million raise for the 2015 AL MVP.

The 32-year-old three-time all-star, who was eligible for arbitration, becomes the highest paid player on the Jays.

Donaldson rebounded from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit .270 last season with 33 homers and 78 runs batted in over 113 games. The sure-handed infielder missed time from April 14 through May 25 with a calf injury, which also hampered him during spring training.

Donaldson was coming off a $ 28.65 million, two-year deal. He is eligible for free agency after this season.

Donaldson has a .285 batting average with 111 home runs and 300 RBIs over three seasons in Toronto.

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Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson avoid arbitration, sign 1-year, $23-million deal