The Toronto Blue Jays and 3B Josh Donaldson avoid arbitration after coming to terms on a 2-year contract that will pay him $28.65 million. Donaldson came over to the Jays last year in a deal with Oakland that included Brett Lawrie going the other way.
Donaldson is a huge piece of the team. He is coming off a spectacular year that his play reach the next level. He was exceptional offensively which hid how well he could defend. On defense he has proven that he can make spectacular plays like dive into the stand to make a catch and on offence he is a dangerous hitter batting in the two spot.
Josh Donaldson’s career year earned him the AL MVP award as he managed to beat out Mike Trout for the award. His 41 homeruns carried a high powered Blue Jays offence. He also led the team in homeruns by beating out Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion who both had over 30 of them. The long ball also helped him get over 100 RBI’s as he drove on a total of 123 runs. His clutch hitting this year has also helped the Jays to victory.
Donaldson has shown what he can do in this league. After a year like this many say that can he have a repeat performance. It is probably expected that he is still going to be a 30 homerun guy unless he proves otherwise.
Donaldson is a force to be reckoned with. He showed why the Jays decided to acquire him. He has amazing talent and when the game is on the line he is a big help on both sides of the ball. Toronto can only hope that he will re-sign with the team after the two years are up.