<
>

Josh Donaldson and Jays agree to 2-year, $28.65M contract

play
Donaldson deal maintains harmony in Jays' organization (1:00)

ESPN senior baseball writer Jerry Crasnick explains how the Blue Jays and American League MVP Josh Donaldson avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a two-year contract worth nearly $29 million. (1:00)

The Toronto Blue Jays and star third baseman Josh Donaldson have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a two-year contract worth nearly $28.65 million, the team announced on Wednesday.

Donaldson, the 2015 American League MVP, and the Blue Jays had been scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Feb. 15.

Donaldson, 30, was acquired by the Blue Jays in a blockbuster trade with the Oakland Athletics in November 2014. He was instrumental in helping Toronto end its 21-year postseason drought.

Donaldson became the second AL MVP in franchise history. He batted .297 with a career-high 41 home runs while leading the league in RBIs (123) and runs scored (122).