Toronto set a new Major League Baseball record by signing third baseman Josh Donaldson to the most expensive single-season contract for an arbitration-eligible player.
That was part of a $28.65-million, two-year deal agreed to in February 2016 that avoided arbitration after Donaldson and the Blue Jays were only $450,000 apart upon exchanging figures.
Donaldson, 32, didn't appear headed for a historic payday after he was limited to 45 appearances over the first half of the season because of a calf injury.
The new deal gives the 2015 AL MVP a $6 million raise.
With the pressure off, Donaldson's $23 million salary could serve as a potential jumping off point for talks on a longer-term deal in the spring, or simply set him up to test the market in the fall.
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"I let my people handle it".
It simply means once Friday's deadline came and went, teams that adhere to a file-and-trial policy won't go back and revisit negotiations on a one-year pact prior to a hearing - the Blue Jays can now either go in front of an arbitrator with their prized pitchers next month, or come to an agreement on a multi-year deal in the meantime.
While the Blue Jays have been relatively quiet this off-season, aside from acquiring infielder Yangervis Solarte in a trade with San Diego last week, Atkins said the team is still in a good position to add where it needs to.
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. Loup, who went 2-3 with a 3.75 ERA in 70 games, signed for $1.8.