Josh Donaldson Respectfully Destroys Reporter About Alleged Contract Talks

Toronto Blue Jays star Josh Donaldson tweeted his displeasure with a report about how much money he wants in his next contract.

Toronto Blue Jays star and 2015 American League MVP Josh Donaldson is on his way to a major pay day. Unless the Jays give him a well-deserved long-term extension, Donaldson will hit the open market this winter as one of the most coveted free agents in history.

On Thursday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports shared his latest news and notes around the league. Here is what he originally reported (per Bluebird Banter):

"Josh Donaldson is believed to be seeking a monster payday, according to friends, and while he may not hit his goal (some think he may be shooting too high), he benefits from Manny Machado’s move to shortstop since he’d become the top third base option if Machado stays at shortstop as a free agent."

Donaldson then took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with Heyman's reporting - in a somewhat professional matter:

Heyman then responded to Donaldson, acknowledging his mistake and changing it in a revised column:

Last month, the Blue Jays and Donaldson avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year contract worth $23 million. The superstar slugger has maintained that he wants to be re-sign with the Blue Jays, but the team has obviously not approached him with an offer yet.


The three-time All-Star has hit 30-plus home runs in each of the last two seasons, and led the Blue Jays to the ALCS in 2015 and 2016. He's set to enter a stacked 2018 free agent market that includes Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Craig Kimbrel, Charlie Blackmon and Daniel Murphy, among others.

via Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Though the Jays payroll is currently at $151.9 million (per Baseball Reference), the organization has always been hesitant to hand out big contracts to star players. They let fan favorite Edwin Encarnacion walk in 2016 free agency, while icon Jose Bautista had to settle on a one-year pact worth $18 million.

Toronto GM Ross Atkins has reiterated that the team wouldn't be better without Donaldson, and has refused to trade away the franchise player - despite heavy pursuing from the St. Louis Cardinals in the offseason. We'll find out within the year if the 2015 A.L. MVP gets a monster pay day from the Blue Jays, or if it will be elsewhere.


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