The Toronto Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson have agreed to a one-year deal for $23 million on Friday, setting a new record for arbitration-eligible players, according to multiple media reports.
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.
Donaldson's contract also sets a new record for largest one-year offseason payout for an arbitration-eligible player, according to MLBTradeRumors.com. That mark had been set by David Price, who agreed to a $19.75 million deal with the Detroit Tigers in January 2015.
Donaldson, 32, hit for a .270 batting average last season to go along with 33 home runs and 78 RBIs while earning $17 million in the final year of a $28.65 million, two-year contract.
The third baseman is a three-time All-Star and won the American League MVP in 2015. He will be eligible for free agency following the 2018 season.
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