Blue Jays’ Donaldson wins AL Silver Slugger Award for third base

The MLB handed out its Silver Slugger awards, with Josh Donaldson picking one up. R.A. Dickey signed a one-year deal in Atlanta.

Toronto Blue Jays third-baseman Josh Donaldson has been named the American League Silver Slugger Award winner for his position.

This is Donaldson’s second consecutive Silver Slugger Award. He joins George Bell (1985-87), Joe Carter (1991-92), Carlos Delgado (1999-00), and Jose Bautista (2010-11) as the fifth Blue Jays player to win in back-to-back seasons.

Coming off American League Most Valuable Player honours last season, Donaldson hit .284 with 39 home runs and 99 RBI in 2016. His .404 on-base percentage ranked his fifth in all of baseball while his .549 slugging percentage placed him 11th.

Donaldson continued his strong play in October, batting .417 with 15 hits in just nine playoff games.

The retiring David Ortiz headlined the remaining American League winners with his seventh career Silver Slugger. He was joined by Salvador Perez, Xander Bogaerts, Jose Altuve, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, and MLB home run leader Mark Trumbo.

Nolan Arenado paired his Gold Glove with a Silver Slugger on the National League side along with Wilson Ramos, Corey Seager, Daniel Murphy, Anthony Rizzo, Yoenis Cespedes, Christian Yelich, Charlie Blackmon, and pitcher Jake Arrieta.