Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson avoid arbitration with record-setting $23 million contract


Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is another high-profile player in his final year of arbitration.

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. The sure-handed infielder missed time from April 14 through May 25 with a calf injury, which also hampered him during spring training. The team and player bypassed having an arbitrator determine Donaldson's 2018 salary by resolving his contract status for the coming season.

Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson: 1 year, $23 million (a new record for arbitration-eligible players).

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. The Orioles have taken on a file-and-trial approach to their arbitration cases in recent years, and the deadline to reach an agreement is Friday. The 31-year-old centerfielder hit.331 with 37 homers and 104 RBIs last year and made $7.3 million. He is eligible for free agency after this season.

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- Left-hander Patrick Corbin and the Arizona Diamondbacks avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $7.5 million, one-year contract.

- 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. He hit.270 with a.385 on-base percentage and 33 homers.

White Sox 1B Jose Abreu:1 year, $13 million.