The third baseman is a three-time All-Star and won the American League MVP in 2015.
In 113 games a year ago, Donaldson hit.270 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI and a.403 wOBA.
Blue Jays pitchers and catchers report on Feb 14.to kick off Spring Traing, with position players arriving February 19 for physicals.
Donaldson, 32, has been the subject of numerous trade rumors this offseason, with the Cardinals seemingly the most aggressive in bidding for his services.
The salary is a record for an arbitration-eligible player, surpassing Bryce Harper's figure for this season.
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Pillar is coming off a 2017 season which saw him bat.256/.300/.404 with a career-high 16 home runs and 37 doubles, while adding 16 stolen bases and 42 RBIs. "Great dude to be around, great leader".
"I let my people handle it".
Donaldson is one of nine arbitration-eligible Blue Jays, with the club announcing deals for Ezequiel Carrera ($1.9 million) and Aaron Loup ($1,812,500) on Friday morning ahead of the 1 p.m. ET deadline for exchanging proposed salaries.
"We definitely still have flexibility and we definitely have room to make moves whether that be via free agency or trade and I feel like we're in a good position to make our team better", Atkins said.
Two key parts of the Jays' pitching staff that were eligible for arbitration, closer Roberto Osuna and starter Marcus Stroman, remain unsigned.