Blue Jays sign star Josh Donaldson to one-year, $23-million deal

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Realistically, if Travis plays more than 100 games in 2018 the Blue Jays would probably be more than content, especially considering the depth in the infield has been vastly improved with the off-season acquisitions of Aledmys Diaz and Yangervis Solarte.

There is speculation that if the Jays don't sign him to a long-term deal, he may be traded this upcoming season if the club does not get off to a good start and falls out of the playoff picture.

Donaldson is one year away from free agency, and the high salary will help set his market next winter. "Those are not my decisions".

Donaldson has a.285 batting average with 111 home runs and 300 RBIs over three seasons in Toronto.

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The 2015 American League MVP appeared in only 113 games last season, sidelined early in the season with a calf injury and hobbled at different points the rest of the way. The 27-year-old hit.253 with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs last season and made $552,100. "I wasn't really in a lot of the talks, but definitely I'm happy". Harper, like Donaldson, will be a free agent after this season and agreed in May to a 2018 salary of $21.625 million. The team and player bypassed having an arbitrator determine Donaldson's 2018 salary by resolving his contract status for the coming season.

Toronto will likely now try to work out an extension with Donaldson even though he's on the wrong side of 30.

Donaldson, 32, has been the subject of numerous trade rumors this offseason, with the Cardinals seemingly the most aggressive in bidding for his services.

"I think it's a compliment that there are other teams that feel that their team would be better with me in it. And I tend to agree with them".

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