Toronto – Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $23 million contract, the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player.
The 32-year-old, a three-time All-Star, topped the $21,625,000, one-year deal covering 2018 agreed to last May by outfielder Bryce Harper and Washington.
Donaldson, the 2015 AL MVP, got a $6 million raise after rebounding from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit .270 last season with 33 homers and 78 RBIs in 113 games. The sure-handed infielder missed time from April 14 through May 25 with a calf injury, which also hampered him during spring training.
Donaldson was coming off a $28.65 million, two-year deal. He is eligible for free agency after this season.
Toronto also agreed Friday to one-year deals with outfielder Ezequiel Carrera ($1.9 million) and left-hander Aaron Loup ($1,812,500).
Carrera earned $1,162,500 last season, when the 30-year-old Venezuelan played every outfield spot and batted .282 with eight homers and 20 RBIs in a career-high 131 games for the Blue Jays — 91 of those in left field.
Toronto’s other arbitration eligible players are right-handers Dominic Leone, Roberto Osuna, Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman, outfielder Kevin Pillar and second baseman Devon Travis.
White Sox, Abreu agree
The White Sox agreed to a $13 million, one-year deal with slugger Jose Abreu.
The White Sox avoided arbitration with Abreu and three other players, also reaching one-year deals with infielder Leury García ($1,175,000) and left-handers Luis Avilán ($2.45 million) and Carlos Rodón ($2.3 million).
Outfielder Avisaíl García, a former Tiger, and infielder Yolmer Sánchez remain eligible for arbitration. Garcia asked for $6.7 million and was offered $5.85 million, Sanchez sought $2.35 million and was offered $2.1 million.
Abreu has reached the 30-home run mark three times and driven in at least 100 runs in all four of his major league seasons. The first baseman hit .304 with 33 homers and 102 RBIs last year.
Avilan was acquired from the Dodgers in a three-team trade last week.
Nine on board for Red Sox
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts and outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. were among nine Boston players who reached deals on one-year contracts.
Pitchers Joe Kelly, Drew Pomeranz, Eduardo Rodriguez and Brandon Workman, infielder Brock Holt and catchers Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez also settled.
The agreements left two-time All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts as the only Boston player in salary arbitration. He asked for $10.5 million and the Red Sox offered $7.5 million.
Bogaerts will make $7.05 million, up from $4.5 million last season. The 25-year-old hit .273 with 62 RBIs and 15 steals.
A year after becoming an All-Star, Bogaerts saw his power drop from 21 homers to 10. His second half was the problem: He batted .229 with a .339 slugging percentage from June 23 on.
Bradley will get $6.1 million, an increase from $3.6 million last year, when he hit .245 with 17 homers and 63 RBIs.
Bryant, Cubs agree
Kris Bryant agreed to a $10.85 million, one-year deal with the Cubs, a record for a player eligible for arbitration for the first time.
The previous mark was held by Ryan Howard, who was awarded $10 million by a three-person panel in 2008, his first year of eligibility for arbitration. The Cubs and Bryant avoided arbitration, and the 26-year-old third baseman receives a hefty raise after making $1.05 million last year.
Bryant hit .295 with 29 home runs and 73 RBIs in 2017. The previous season, he earned National League MVP honors when he hit .292 with 39 homers and 102 RBIs.
The Cubs won the World Series that year for the first time since 1908.
New deal for Blackmon
NL batting champion Charlie Blackmon and the Rockies avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $14 million, one-year contract.
The 31-year-old center fielder hit .331 with 37 homers and 104 RBIs last year and made $7.3 million. He can become a free agent after this season.
Blackmon turned in one of the most productive seasons from the leadoff spot in major league history. His 102 RBIs from the top of the order surpassed Darin Erstad’s previous major league record of 100 set with the Angels in 2000.
Blackmon had 383 total bases — the most by a leadoff hitter for a season.
His 37 homers tied him with Marcell Ozuna and teammate Nolan Arenado for third-most in the NL.
Other Colorado players eligible for arbitration include second baseman DJ LeMahieu and right-hander Chad Bettis.
Corbin signs for one year
Left-hander Patrick Corbin and the Diamondbacks avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $7.5 million, one-year contract.
The 28-year-old was 14-13 with a 4.03 ERA last season and made $3.95 million.
He has a 45-47 record with a 4.13 ERA in five seasons with the Diamondbacks. After going 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA and making the All-Star Game in 2013, he missed 2014 and part of 2015 after Tommy John surgery.