Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson, Cubs' Kris Bryant get record deals

Blue Jays Donaldson avoid arbitration with record deal

He is eligible for free agency after this season.

The Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson have agreed to a $23 million contract for next season to avoid arbitration, according to multiple reports.

• The White Sox agreed to a $13 million, one-year deal with first baseman Jose Abreu.

• Third baseman Kris Bryant agreed to a $10.85 million, one-year deal with the Cubs, a record for a player eligible for arbitration for the first time.

A calf injury limited Donaldson to 113 games during the 2017 season, his fewest since bursting onto the baseball scene as one of the game's top hitters in 2013.

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. 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.

In addition, the Blue Jays agreed to one-year deals with outfielder Ezequiel Carrera and left-hander Aaron Loup to avoid arbitration.

Pillar batted.256 with 16 homers and 42 RBIs in 154 games.

Loup went 2-3 with a 3.75 ERA in 70 relief appearances in 2017.

Toronto's remaining arbitration eligible players are right-handers Marcus Stroman and Roberto Osuna.

After recording 95 saves in his first three Major League Baseball seasons, Osuna reportedly filed for $5.8 million in his first year of arbitration, while the Jays sent an offer of $5.3 million.

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