The Toronto Blue Jays are keeping Josh Donaldson around for at least another year. But it comes at quite a price.
“The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly avoided arbitration with star third baseman Josh Donaldson, agreeing Friday to a record-breaking $23-million salary for the 2018 campaign, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi, the highest-ever one-year payout for an arbitration-eligible player.”
Last season, Donaldson would slash .270/.385/.559 (.944 OPS) with 33 dingers. However, injuries would limit the third baseman to just 113 games. However, he has been nothing but impressive in his three-year stint with Toronto. His triple-slash looks like this: .285/.387/.559 (.946 OPS) with 111 home runs. He would also claim the 2015 AL MVP.
However, since acquiring Donaldson, the Blue Jays have come up a bit short in the championship regard. After winning the AL East in 2015, Toronto would falter in the ALCS. But they would return the very next season—only to lose again. But 2017 was a lost season; the Blue Jays finished 76-86, and their division isn’t getting any easier in the near future. The New York Yankees are here to stay. The Boston Red Sox are just behind them.
Right now, Toronto is on the outside looking in. But having Josh Donaldson helps. And, they even made a little bit of history in the process.