The Blue Jays lost their case against Danny Valencia last week, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that they went to another arbitration hearing today with third baseman Josh Donaldson.
Donaldson, who was acquired from the Athletics in late November, requested a $5.75 million salary for 2015 and was offered a $4.3 million by the Blue Jays when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The three-person panel of arbitrators will pick one salary or the other and we should know their decision as soon as tomorrow. It’s a little awkward for this to go to a hearing considering the Blue Jays just acquired Donaldson, but they are known as a “file-to-trial” team, meaning that they cease negotiations on a one-year deal once arbitration figures are exchanged.
Donaldson, 29, batted .255/.342/.456 with 29 home runs and 98 RBI over 158 games last season. He’s under team control through the 2018 season.
MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.
Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.
The entire camp was placed in quarantine.
“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”
Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.
The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”