Source: Donaldson sets mark with $23M deal

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Third baseman

Starting with guys such as Nolan Arenado and Kris Bryant, third is stocked with top performers, but they can’t all be No. 1. And where’s Manny Machado?

The previous record for an arbitration-eligible player was set by Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper in May, when he agreed to a one-year deal for $21.625 million.

Donaldson, 32, is a three-time All-Star and the 2015 AL MVP. He rebounded from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit .270 last season with 33 homers and 78 RBIs. He missed 49 games last season, largely due to a calf injury.

Donaldson, who will be eligible for free agency after the 2018 season, earned $17 million last year in the final season of a $28.65 million, two-year deal.

Since his debut in 2013, Donaldson ranks second in WAR among all position players, trailing only Mike Trout (43.8 to 36.2)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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