Blue Jays and Josh Donaldson went to an arbitration hearing Thursday

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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.

Marlins sign Brandon Kintzler to one-year, $3.25 million deal

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Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.

The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.