The agreement was first reported by Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) February 9, 2016
Donaldson, 30, was acquired last offseason by the Blue Jays in a deal with the Oakland Athletics for Brett Lawrie and three minor leaguers.
Donaldson was getting close to an arbitration hearing later this month when he submitted a figure of $11.8 million for the 2016 season while the Blue Jays countered with $11.35 million. An independent arbiter would have picked one of the two salary figures, but that isn’t necessary with the new extension deal. He earned $4.3 million in 2015 in his first year of arbitration and remains under team control through the 2018 season.
Before the 2015 season, Donaldson placed in the top 10 for American League MVP in each of the last three seasons before winning the award and rightfully so. He had a stellar year beating out Angels centerfielder Mike Trout after hitting .297/.371/.568 with 41 home runs and a 123 runs batted in.
Even with the new extension, Donaldson can enter the free agent market at the age of 32 and seek a long-term deal of five or six years, but if you’re Blue Jays fan, you should be excited a deal was made between both parties because it proves that the front office is willing to spend money and stay in contention for the tough American League East title.