Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson avoid arbitration with record deal

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

Donaldson and the Blue Jays avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing on a US$23 million, one-year contact - the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player.

Last year, Stroman won his arbitration case, being awarded $3.4 million, rather than the Jays' offer of $3.1 million in the first year he was arbitration eligible.

However, the 2015 American League MVP rebounded and slashed.276/.386/.606 with 24 home runs and 53 RBI after the All-Star break to finish the year with 33 dingers and 78 RBI.


The record-setting $23 million is a $6 million dollar raise from last season and a significant jump from what many industry experts had prognosticated for Donaldson.

Osuna, who earned just $552,400 past year, filed at $5.8 million, with the Jays countering at $5.3 million, resulting in a $500,000 gap. He should, however, remain a top of trade talks as the season progresses. The sure-handed infielder missed time from April 14 through May 25 with a calf injury, which also hampered him during spring training. "Great dude to be around, great leader".

MLB Trade Rumors had projected Donaldson to earn $20.7 million for the 2018 campaign however the Jays obviously felt extending an olive branch and avoiding an arbitration hearing was the best course of action for the pending free agent.


The previous record for a one-year arbitration deal was held by Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals ($21.625M).

"I let my people handle it". Loup, who went 2-3 with a 3.75 ERA in 70 games, signed for $1.8.

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


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