Record deal for Donaldson

Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson prepares for an at-bat during an opening day baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Monday, April 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson prepares for an at-bat during an opening day baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Monday, April 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Published January 12
Updated January 12

TORONTO — Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Blue Jays agreed to a $23 million contract Friday, the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player.

Donaldson, 32, a three-time All-Star and the 2015 AL MVP, topped the $21,625,000, one-year deal covering 2018 agreed to in May by Bryce Harper and the Nationals.

Donaldson got a $6 million raise after rebounding from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit .270 last season with a .385 on-base percentage and a .559 slugging percentage in 113 games. He missed time from April 14 through May 25 with a calf injury.

Toronto also agreed to one-year deals with six other players, including outfielder Kevin Pillar for $3.25 million and right-hander Aaron Sanchez for $2.7 million.

In other arbitration news:

• 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.

• The Yankees reached one-year deals with six players, including shortstop Didi Gregorius ($8.25 million) and right-hander Sonny Gray ($6.5 million), and are projected for a luxury tax payroll at $177 million — $20 million below the tax threshold.

• Shortstop Xander Bogaerts ($7.05 million) and outfielder Jackie Bradley ($6.1 million) were among nine Red Sox players who reached one-year deals.

• The Orioles agreed to a $16 million contract with third baseman Manny Machado and a $12 million deal with injured closer Zach Britton.

• Rockies centerfielder Charlie Blackmon, the NL batting champion, agreed to a $14 million, one-year contract.

• Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel agreed to a $13.2 million, one-year contract. Right-hander Lance McCullers of Tampa also reached a one-year deal for $2.45 million. He made $548,000 last season.

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

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