Even though the Blue Jays find themselves in a precarious situation with pending free agent third baseman Josh Donaldson, the current free agent freeze in baseball could help Toronto and its star slugger move towards a contract extension.
The Jays could let him walk at the end of his current contract, or perhaps now is the time for the Jays to come in with a fair-market offer to sign Donaldson, especially if the All Star is concerned about the free agency climate next winter.
With an existing position player core featuring players in their early-to-mid 30’s, it is apparent why the Blue Jays would not have interest in extending Donaldson (a player entering his age 32 season) into his late 30’s.
If the Blue Jays are genuinely interested in bringing Donaldson back, this stagnant free agent market just bought them a better shot at re-signing Donaldson long-term.
Donaldson, who has 111 home runs, 300 RBI and the 2015 American League MVP trophy on his ledger in three years with the Blue Jays, is a major reason the fans keep coming out to watch the Jays.