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

Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson hits a three-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto. The hot corner figures to be smoking Friday Jan. 12 2018 when Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson receives record $23 million to avoid arbitration
Kristopher Love | 13 January, 2018, 05:32

Josh Donaldson established a single-season payout record for arbitration-eligible players by settling on a $23-million, one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, avoiding a potential hearing, an industry source told Sportsnet on Friday.

The previous record was set in May when Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper agreed to a one-year deal worth $21.625 million for the 2018 season.

There is speculation that if the Jays don't sign him to a long-term deal, he may be traded this upcoming season if the club does not get off to a good start and falls out of the playoff picture.

In 113 games in 2017, The Bringer of Rain hit.270 with 33 home runs and a.944 OPS.

Blue Jays pitchers and catchers report on Feb kick off Spring Traing, with position players arriving February 19 for physicals.

The contract gives Donaldson a $6 million raise while also making the 2015 AL MVP the highest paid player on the Jays' roster.

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.

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.

"I let my people handle it".

Two key parts of the Jays' pitching staff that were eligible for arbitration, closer Roberto Osuna and starter Marcus Stroman, remain unsigned. "The industry has seen that more and more teams are willing to go and agencies are more willing to go". "Where that ends, we'll see".