Josh Donaldson has agreed a new two-year, $29 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to reports.
Donaldson, who was traded to the Blue Jays from the Oakland Athletics in November 2014, had a stellar 2015 season in which he hit a career-high 41 home runs and 123 RBIs. The third baseman played an instrumental role in guiding his team to the American League Championship Series, where they lost 4-2 to the Kansas City Royals, who would go on to win the World Series.
Donaldson was named the 2015 American League MVP, making him only the second Blue Jays player to win the award, following in the footsteps of George Bell in 1987.
Donaldson and the Blue Jays were set to have a salary arbitration hearing next Monday as Donaldson had asked for a salary of $11.8 million for the 2016 season, while the Blue Jays were only willing to pay him $11.35 million. However, with a two-year deal agreed, that hearing will not be required.
The Blue Jays are now set to turn their attention to agreeing terms with sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion who are both entering the final year of their contracts.