Josh Donaldson Signs 2-Year $29 Million Contract
Today is a very important day for BlueJays fans! If you weren’t aware, BlueJays MLB Insiders (people who get emails from the BlueJays) were able to participate in a single game tickets pre-sale. The sale ends sometime tomorrow. Also, if you follow the BlueJays on Twitter (follow me while you’re there: @aalyssacohen!) there is a “twitter follower” sale tomorrow from 10am-5pm. I just ordered tickets not even 30 minutes ago for the game that is on my birthday… I COULDN’T BE MORE EXCITED!!!
Today Josh Donaldson also signed a very important deal with our Toronto BlueJays! Josh Donaldson was originally going to be having an arbitration hearing on February 15 for 11.8 million, when the BlueJays were only going to offer him $11.35. Thankfully, they ended up giving him a multi-year deal (which has been rumored for the past few days). The contract is now a 2-year deal for $29 Million. I believe that this is a marvelous trade on both ends of the bargain. First of all, Josh Donaldson seemed to love it here this past season, and let’s face it… all of Canada loved him back! He did gain his MVP award from being part of our team, so why wouldn’t he love it here? The BlueJays got an amazing deal out of this contract. I believe the BlueJays have 9-11 free agents currently in the clubhouse. Among them being big names such as Drew Storen, Brett Cecil, Edwin Encarnacion and of course Mr. Bat Flip himself, Jose Bautista. At the end of next season, when the BlueJays have offers and contracts to worry about, the AL MVP Donaldson won’t be one of the worries. Which is a BIG sigh of relief. Whether you’re a bandwagon fan or a fan since 1993, you wouldn’t want Josh Donaldson to leave us anytime soon.
Let’s not forget during The Leadoff event that happened several days ago, Ross Atkins – the BlueJays General Manager – responded to a Josh Donaldson based question with “We want him here as long as humanly possible.” And I don’t think anyone could argue with that.