The 2015 AL MVP, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, said today that he expects to hit free agency after the 2018 season.
Donaldson said that although he has spoken with the Jays on a contract extension, the talks have not been very encouraging.
According to Donaldson, "We’re not at the same type of area, the same ballpark, to make a discussion moving forward.”
This is big news for the rest of the league, because a player of Donaldson's caliber can significantly alter any team's future. Even though he had somewhat of a down year in 2017, he still put up awesome numbers, and he will be only 32 when he hits free agency and will likely sign a long-term deal.
When the Blue Jays resigned Donaldson for this coming season, they made it clear that they were looking to remain contenders for at least one more year, but if things start to go south for Toronto this year, it wouldn't surprise me to see them look to deal the former-MVP, to try and get something in return for that talent.