Heyman | Blue Jays and Kevin Pillar avoid arbitration

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According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet the Blue Jays have locked up Josh Donaldson signing the third baseman to a record arbitration salary.

Donaldson, 32, is a three-time All-Star and the 2015 American League MVP.

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

The reported $23-million figure blows the old record for position players out of the water. He missed time from April 14 through May 25 with a calf injury.

Osuna, who earned just $552,400 a year ago, filed at $5.8 million, with the Jays countering at $5.3 million, resulting in a $500,000 gap.

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"Josh is huge component to our team and (The Canadian Press) to our success - what he brings not only on the baseball field, but in the clubhouse", Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez told reporters reporters before an event at a school in Burnaby, B.C., as part of the club's winter tour. It should be noted that Bryce Harper's final year of arbitration was bought out by the Washington Nationals for $21.65 million last May. "I wasn't really in a lot of the talks, but definitely I'm happy".

Toronto's other arbitration eligible players are right-handers Dominic Leone, Roberto Osuna, Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman, outfielder Kevin Pillar and second baseman Devon Travis.

MLB Trade Rumors had projected Donaldson to earn $20.7 million for the 2018 campaign however the Jays obviously felt extending an olive branch and avoiding an arbitration hearing was the best course of action for the pending free agent.

Stroman, who won a career-high 13 games in 2017 while boasting a 3.09 ERA, required an arbitration hearing previous year before securing a $3.4 million salary.

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