Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Josh Donaldson gets record amount for arbitration-eligible player

Josh Donaldson gets record amount for arbitration-eligible player

The Toronto Blue Jays avoided arbitration with outfielder Ezequiel Carrera and left-hander Aaron Loup Friday, signing the pair to one-year contracts for 2018.

In 113 games a year ago, Donaldson hit.270 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI and a.403 wOBA.

The Jays, however, have said repeatedly that they are not in a complete rebuild mode and want to compete for a playoff spot in 2018 and wouldn't be able to do that without Donaldson, the 2015 American League MVP, in the lineup. 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. The three-time all-star becomes eligible for free agency after this season.


The salary is a record for an arbitration-eligible player, surpassing Bryce Harper's figure for this season. The team will have to make a decision on his future after this season as the 32-year old is a free agent at the end of the season.

When asked about his uncertain status Friday morning in an interview on MLB Network before news broke about his new contract, Donaldson stated his desire to remain with the Blue Jays before casually saying he is fine no matter what Toronto's front office decides about his future. 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.

Pillar is coming off a 2017 season which saw him bat.256/.300/.404 with a career-high 16 home runs and 37 doubles, while adding 16 stolen bases and 42 RBIs. "And I tend to agree with them". "I wasn't really in a lot of the talks, but definitely I'm happy".

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