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Josh Donaldson | Third Baseman | #20

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Auburn
Drafted: 2007 / Supplemental (Rd. 300) / CHC
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Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Wednesday that the club talked about "many, many scenarios" with Josh Donaldson before agreeing to a two-year deal.
In other words, the possibility of a long-term deal was proposed. Ultimately, the two sides found common ground on a deal that bought out two years of arbitration. If Donaldson continues to perform at a high level, he's looking at a massive salary for his final year of team control in 2018. He might be more inclined to test free agency at that point, but it would be no surprise if the Blue Jays bring up the possibility again. Feb 10 - 3:04 PM

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Blue Jays and 3B Josh Donaldson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $28.65 million contract.

The reigning AL MVP will make $11.65 million in 2016 and $17 million in 2017. The two sides were forced to go to an arbitration hearing last winter, which Donaldson lost, but they were able to work out a multi-year contract this time. Donaldson remains under team control through 2018. The new deal gives the Blue Jays some cost certainty, which is a nice bonus with Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista due to become free agents after 2016.
Feb 10 - 12:33 PM

Josh Donaldson's new two-year deal with the Blue Jays is worth $28.65 million, according to the Associated Press.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reported late Monday night that the two sides had agreed to a deal worth around $29 million, but now we have the exact number. Donaldson won his arbitration case against the Blue Jays last winter, but the two sides were able to avoid a hearing this time around. The 2015 AL MVP will still be under team control for one more year after this new deal expires.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Feb 9 - 11:20 AM

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays have signed Josh Donaldson to a two-year contract worth nearly $29 million.

The Blue Jays are a file and trial team, so they needed to reach a multi-year pact in order to avoid an arbitration hearing next week. Donaldson's new contract leaves him with one more year of arbitration eligibility before he hits free agency after the 2018 campaign. The reigning American League MVP batted .297/.371/.568 with 41 home runs, 123 RBI and 122 runs scored in 2015.
Source: Sportsnet
Feb 8 - 11:10 PM

Josh Donaldson's arbitration hearing with the Blue Jays is set for February 15.

The Blue Jays were a "file-and-trial" team under former general manager Alex Anthopoulos, and president Mark Shapiro has said the club plans to continue that approach for at least this season. The hope is that a long-term contract between the two sides will be worked out, but it's unclear how good the chances are of that happening. Donaldson is under team control through 2018.
Feb 5 - 8:12 AM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said the team is "going to work toward a multi-year deal" with Josh Donaldson.

Donaldson is under team control through 2018, giving the team some leverage, but the reigning AL MVP surely won't sign on for a long-term deal cheaply. Presently, the two sides are just $450,000 apart in arbitration figures filed last month, so there shouldn't be any problem getting something done for 2016 if extension talks don't progress. The third baseman is a fantasy monster heading into the season after batting .297/.371/.568 with 41 home runs, 123 RBI and 122 runs scored last year.
Feb 4 - 7:48 PM

Josh Donaldson requested $11.8 million and was offered $11.35 million by the Blue Jays when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.

It's a minor gap and one that should result in the two sides agreeing to a deal somewhere in the middle. Donaldson is the reigning American League MVP after batting .297/.371/.568 with 41 home runs, a league-best 123 RBI and an MLB-best 122 runs scored in 2015.
Jan 15 - 5:02 PM

Josh Donaldson was named the winner of the 2015 American League Most Valuable Player Award by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Thursday.

Donaldson managed to unseat reigning MVP Mike Trout after batting .297/.371/.568 with 41 home runs, a league-best 123 RBI and an MLB-best 122 runs scored. Per ESPN's Jayson Stark, the last position player to win an AL MVP after being traded the previous offseason was Dick Allen in 1972. Donaldson grabbed 23 of the 30 first-place votes, with Trout garnering the other seven. Lorenzo Cain finished a distant third.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 06:51:00 PM

The Baseball Writers Association of America has announced Lorenzo Cain, Josh Donaldson and Mike Trout as finalists for the 2015 American League MVP award.

Cain had a tremendous season but will finish a distant third here. Trout had his fourth straight monster season for the Angels but might finish runner-up for the third time in those years. Donaldson is likely the favorite after batting .297/.371/.568 with 41 home runs and 123 RBI in his first season in Toronto.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 07:10:00 PM

Josh Donaldson was named this year's Hank Aaron Award winner for the American League.

The Hank Aaron Award goes to the best offensive player in each league. Donaldson certainly fits that description. Donaldson led the American League with 123 RBI and 122 runs scored. He was also second in slugging (.568), third in OPS (.939), third in home runs (41), fourth in doubles (41) and fifth in hits (184). The National League Hank Award went to Washington outfielder Bryce Harper.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 07:40:00 PM

Josh Donaldson had an RBI double and drew a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Royals.

It looked like the Blue Jays were going to crawl back into the game after a Donaldson double and Jose Bautista groundout plated a couple runs to cut the Royals' lead to 5-2. However, the Royals then proceeded to outscore the Jays 9-0 the rest of the way to win in a laugher.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 07:52:00 PM

Josh Donaldson went 2-for-3 plus a walk and scored a run as the Blue Jays topped the Rangers in Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday.

With the victory, the Jays get to live and play another day. Donaldson doubled leading off the fourth inning and came around to score on a bases loaded walk by Troy Tulowitzki. His potent bat from the regular season has certainly carried over to this series, slashing a robust .300/.417/.700 through the first three contests.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 11:24:00 PM

Josh Donaldson smacked a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Rangers.

Donaldson cut into the Rangers' early 2-0 lead with his solo blast in the bottom of the first inning. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, it was his only hit in six trips to the plate and the team tallied just eight base knocks as they lost in 14 innings. Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki had only one single in 16 at-bats between them.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 05:46:00 PM

Josh Donaldson (head) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday.

Donaldson had to leave Thursday's Game 1 after being hit in the head by Rougned Odor's knee at second base, but he passed concussion tests and is ready to go. The American League MVP candidate is at third base and hitting second against Cole Hamels and the Rangers.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 09:29:00 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Josh Donaldson (head) passed a concussion test after his mid-game exit during Thursday's ALDS Game 1 loss to the Rangers.

Donaldson exited the contest after he took a Rougned Odor knee to the head while attempting a slide to break up a double play in the fourth inning. Having passed the concussion test, the slugger will be further monitored for lingering signs of injury. He's expected to be able to return to play soon, though whether he'll start Game 2 on Friday remains to be seen.
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 06:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2Chris Colabello
3Casey Kotchman
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3Jiovanni Mier
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Michael Saunders
2Dalton Pompey
3Darrell Ceciliani
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
2Junior Lake
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marcus Stroman
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Jesse Chavez
6Drew Hutchison
7Aaron Sanchez
8Roberto Hernandez
9Scott Copeland
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Drew Storen
3Brett Cecil
4Aaron Loup
5Bo Schultz
6Ryan Tepera
7Pat Venditte
8Steve Delabar
9Chad Jenkins
10Blake McFarland
11Brady Dragmire
12Joe Biagini
13Arnold Leon
14Pat McCoy