Realistically, if Travis plays more than 100 games in 2018 the Blue Jays would probably be more than content, especially considering the depth in the infield has been vastly improved with the off-season acquisitions of Aledmys Diaz and Yangervis Solarte. Since being traded to the Jays from Oakland prior to the 2015 season, Donaldson's put up an OPS+ of 150 and notched an AL MVP Award. The team will have to make a decision on his future after this season as the 32-year old is a free agent at the end of the season.
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. Still, he managed to hit 33 home runs and drive in 78 runs in under 500 plate appearances. "The fact of the matter is, I really enjoy where I'm at right now and I enjoy being a Toronto Blue Jay and enjoy what we've been able to build in this organization and I'm very happy".
With the pressure off, Donaldson's $23 million salary could serve as a potential jumping off point for talks on a longer-term deal in the spring, or simply set him up to test the market in the fall.
Donaldson was eligible for salary arbitration after being paid $17 million last year in the final season of a two-year, $28.65 million contract.
Toronto will likely now try to work out an extension with Donaldson even though he's on the wrong side of 30.
The Bringer of Rain gets his pay day. "It's a compliment that there are other teams that feel their team would be better with me on it. And I tend to agree with them", Donaldson said with a smile.