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Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson reach $23M deal for 2018 season

13 January 2018

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.

As you would expect, many players avoided arbitration before the deadline by agreeing to contracts for the upcoming season.

The settlement will pay the three-time All-Star $23 million in 2018 after making $17 million in 2017, he now surpasses Russell Martin and Troy Tulowitzki as the highest paid player on the roster.

The previous record for an arbitration-eligible player was set by Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper in May, when he agreed to a one-year deal for $21.625 million. The sure-handed infielder missed time from April 14 through May 25 with a calf injury, which also hampered him during spring training. Prince Fielder settled with the Milwaukee Brewers for $15.5 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility.

Sanchez also avoided arbitration, signing a one-year deal worth $2.7 million.

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Toronto Blue Jays' Ezequiel Carrera scores on a sacrifice fly by Josh Donaldson as New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) applies the late tag during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept.30, 2017, at Yankee Stadium in New York. By striking the agreement, the two sides will avoid any salary arbitration proceedings.

Angels RHP Garrett Richards: 1 year, $7.3 million.

- Reliever Zach McAllister and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a $2.45-million, one-year contract, a raise from the $1,825,000 he earned last season.

Reds CF Billy Hamilton: 1 year, $4.6 million. The 27-year-old hit.253 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs last season and made $552,100.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson reach $23M deal for 2018 season