The Toronto Blue Jays avoided arbitration with six arbitration eligible players Friday, but Josh Donaldson was not among them.
The Blue Jays offered Donaldson $11.35 million, while he asked for $11.8 million, an industry source told Sportsnet. The exchange of figures sets up a possible arbitration hearing with the reigning MVP for the second consecutive season.
Arbitration Explained: Offseason calendar & glossary
The Blue Jays did reach one-year deals with Drew Storen, Brett Cecil, Michael Saunders, Drew Hutchison, Aaron Loup and Steve Delabar. Storen ($8.375 million), Cecil ($3.8 million), Hutchison ($2.2 million), Loup ($1.05 million), Saunders ($2.9 million) and Delabar ($835,000) all obtained raises from their 2015 salaries.
Meanwhile, Jesse Chavez exchanged numbers with the Blue Jays, setting up another potential hearing. The right-hander asked for $4 million while the team offered $3.6 million, a source told Sportsnet.
Teams and players had until 1 p.m. ET Friday to exchange figures. As a file and trial team, the Blue Jays do not negotiate one-year deals with players after exchanging figures.