The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to terms on a two-year, $29 million deal with third baseman Josh Donaldson, as according to a report from Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca on Monday evening.
The club has not yet confirmed the transaction. Earlier in the offseason, Donaldson filed at $11.8 million while Toronto countered with an $11.35-million offer.
The reigning winner of the 2015 AL MVP award had a fantastic first year with the Blue Jays following a November 2014 trade in which sent Brett Lawrie to the Oakland Athletics in exchange as part of a five player deal.
Over the course of the 2015 season, the 30 year old slugger hit .297/.371/.568 to go alongside a career-high 41 home runs and 123 RBI's in 158 games played.
As noted by TheScore, the deal is said to buy out the remaining two seasons of Donaldson's arbitration eligibility.
Many figured that this deal could have been one for the record books as GM Ross Atkins and President Mark Shapiro said just says ago that they would doe everything in their power to keep Donaldson put for as long as they possibly can.
Donaldson was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round (48th overall) back in the 2007 amateur draft where he signed with the team in June of that season. The MVP Sports Group client made his MLB debut three years later on April 30, 2010.
Donaldson played a key role in getting this team back to the playoffs for the first time since 1993 (22 years) where he did what he could each and everyday to provide a boost with his stellar glove work and eye for the ball which were shown on a daily basis, giving them exactly what they needed and at the right times. This being said, he appeared in 158 regular season games with Toronto.
With spring training just says away, the club needs to turn their attention towards Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion who are the only arb-eligible players left and given this signing, it should make both their returns an easier task.
Given the way this coming season runs, the race for MVP will quickly form once again, meaning, should Donaldson receive the award for a second consecutive season, he can earn a potential salary of $22MM the next season which in total would give him $33 million total over the next two years.