Sports The Jays have the money for Josh Donaldson, and still they wait

05:21  10 january  2018
05:21  10 january  2018 Source:   thestar.com

Jays avoid arbitration with Donaldson

  Jays avoid arbitration with Donaldson Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a US$23 million, one-year contact, the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player. The new deal gives the 2015 AL MVP a $6 million raise.The 32-year-old three-time all-star, who was eligible for arbitration, becomes the highest paid player on the Jays.Donaldson rebounded from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit .270 last season with 33 homers and 78 runs batted in over 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.

The Blue Jays could afford to sign Josh Donaldson to a multi-year contract right now, but haven’t. Why not? The bottom line is they still aren’t sure if they ’re even fringy contenders. They may be waiting in case a trade offer for Donaldson , likely from the Cardinals, comes along to knock their socks off.

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Josh Donaldson can become a free agent after the 2019 season but he will be 33 by then, which might be causing the Blue Jays to pause over a contract extension.© Steve Russell Josh Donaldson can become a free agent after the 2019 season but he will be 33 by then, which might be causing the Blue Jays to pause over a contract extension.

The Blue Jays could afford to sign Josh Donaldson to a multi-year contract right now, but haven’t. Why not? The bottom line is they still aren’t sure if they’re even fringy contenders. In a slow-moving marketplace with little happening in trades or free agency, the Jays still need a starting pitcher, one productive outfielder who can also defend and someone to bat at the top of the batting order ahead of Donaldson.

The club has a projected opening day payroll at the moment of just under $148.5-million, which is $15 million less than a year ago on opening day. And following the 2018 season, five players, including Donaldson, will be eligible for free agency, taking more than $54 million off the major-league payroll.

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Josh Donaldson ’s move to first base on Monday might be something the Jays should consider on a full-time basis. But if the Jays had kept Encarnacion, the bottom line is that Smoak would never have had the chance to establish himself.

Still , while the numbers and results themselves aren't reliable, there are things we can observe and comment on with good reason. For example, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson 's arm.

Yet the Jays have not moved forward in a sincere effort to extend the hard-hitting face of the franchise. They may be waiting in case a trade offer for Donaldson, likely from the Cardinals, comes along to knock their socks off. They may be waiting for someone else to set the salary bar for players of similar talent, guys like Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, members of the same 2019 free-agent class. They may be waiting to see if contending against the powerful Yankees and ambitious Red Sox in 2018-19 is a realistic goal.

If they believe they can compete in the AL East, then Jays president Mark Shapiro and his staff they will keep riding the financial wave of fan support in terms of viewership, ticket sales and Jays gear across the country. And that should include a concerted effort to extend the contract of their most valuable player.

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Josh Donaldson has said he'd like to be a Blue Jay long term but the team hasn't made a multiyear offer yet. (Steve Russell / Toronto Star). Money — in the marquee three-time all-star’s case, amounting to a Major League Baseball record one-year arbitration-eligible contract

With two now gone, it seems fitting that this is the perfect time for the Blue Jays to send Josh Donaldson on his way as well. Donaldson is still an excellent all-around player, but it seems pretty likely his MVP days are just slightly behind him.

If, instead, Shapiro tells ownership that he believes the Jays are outflanked in the East, the club will likely take a step back and build from within for a sustainable winning future, sacrificing any hope for the next two seasons until the cavalry led by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. arrives. Time is running out for 2018, with just 36 days until pitchers and catchers report to Dunedin, Fla. You will know that surrender is the case if the Jays enter the season with Donaldson on a one-year deal via arbitration.

Even assuming that Donaldson, the former AL MVP, breaks through the $20-million mark in arbitration on a one-year contract as he careens towards free agency, the Jays’ current 25-man payroll of nine guaranteed contracts, nine contracts eligible for arbitration and the rest under club control is manageable.

The top five Blue Jays payrolls over their 41 years have been paid out in the last five consecutive seasons. The 2013 season was the first aggressive attempt by former GM Alex Anthopoulos to spend money and buy an instant winner, and the Jays crashed through the $100-million plateau for the first time.

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With the Blue Jays ’ best player, Josh Donaldson , just five While the A’s still await Barreto, the Jays advanced to the post-season in 2015 (American League East title) And that career turned into one that, whether he re-signs with the Blue Jays or goes elsewhere, will earn him a lot of money at age 32.

The Jays passed. The Red Sox took the big- money leap. Whenever Boston sports fans are happy, I feel it like a terrible vibration in the Force. This made the Josh Donaldson trade so much sweeter. It shut Boston up. Three days later, this deal still makes no sense for Oakland.

Since that time, according to the respected website Cot’s Baseball Contracts, the Jays payroll has ranged from $119.3 million to last year’s $163.4M. They’ve reached the post-season twice while averaging 83 wins over the five-year stretch.

So assuming Rogers ownership has the financial wherewithal to get a deal done, what would it take to extend Donaldson and keep the Bringer of Rain in blue?

The Donaldson floor, in terms of average annual value, should be set at $25 -million per year. In MLB history, according to Cot’s, there have been 17 contracts averaging $25-million-plus — nine to starting pitchers and eight to position players, ranging in length from one year ($28M) to the Yankees’ Roger Clemens in 2008 to 13 years ($25M per) for Giancarlo Stanton, then with the Marlins, in 2015.

The problem with Donaldson, and what will surely be a sticking point in negotiations, is that he was a late bloomer, a converted catcher who will be 33 when he reaches free agency.

There are four prior contracts with an annual value of $25M awarded to position players who were at least 32 years old. Josh Hamilton (Angels) and Ryan Howard (Phillies) received five-year, $125M deals. They were both disastrous for their teams. The 10-year, $275M deal the Yankees gave Alex Rodriguez at age 33 was always ridiculous, and the Tigers’ eight-year deal to 33-year-old Miguel Cabrera, averaging $31M, has been a mixed bag and has five years remaining.

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After he won the 2015 American League MVP, Josh Donaldson went on a small charm offensive. All we ask is that they leave the second thought – "… if they offer me a lot more money than anyone else …" – unsaid. The Jays cannot let Donaldson go and still credibly claim they are a winner.

Josh Donaldson Suffers Setback In Injury Rehab. No they should not. This is a ridiculous amount of money for arbitration. Donaldson and the Jays agreeing on a contract this year is a no brainer. He can still carry the team when healthy.

The one mega-contract that seems to make the most sense, an example of terms to offer Donaldson, is the Mets’ deal with Yoenis Cespedes. The Cuban outfielder did not make his MLB debut until he was 26 years old and signed his big contract in 2017. He had earned $25 million in 2016 with the Mets, then opted out and re-signed at four years, $110-million, an average of $27.5M per season.

For Donaldson’s Jays arbitration contract, an MLB Trade Rumors estimate of $20.7 million for 2018 could simply be negotiated as the front end of a further four-year extension for Cespedes-type numbers, carrying Donaldson through the 2022 season.

If the third baseman does remain with the Jays, Toronto will be the only AL team with three position players earning more than $20 million. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and catcher Russ Martin are the others. The Yankees (Stanton and Jacoby Ellsbury) and the Angels (Mike Trout and Albert Pujols) have two apiece.

But the Jays are saving money in other areas. The starting rotation, which for now includes swingman Joe Biagini, will cost a little more than $38 million, while the bullpen, including Roberto Osuna, statistically one of the best closers in baseball, will cost about $8M for the top eight pitchers.

If the Jays want to offer a contract extension worthy of Donaldson’s consideration, they are capable of doing it, given the payroll that will be coming off the books over the next two years. They could even afford to sign someone like Lorenzo Cain right now. But does Jays ownership really believe it can contend in the next two to three seasons or will it try to trick fans into staying on board with a mediocre outfield and an incomplete rotation while waiting for the next generation?

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