Third baseman Josh Donaldson finished fourth in the American League Most Valuable Player race and helped the Oakland Athletics to their second straight AL West title in a should-have-been-an-All-Star breakout year.
His reward will be a pay raise of $7,500.
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the A’s renewed Donaldson’s contract for the league minimum of $500,000 for the 2014 season, a slight increase over the $492,500 he earned last year.
Heyman reported that Oakland made an offer that was slightly above the minimum. When Donaldson declined the deal, the A’s renewed him—the downside of being a player who has not yet achieved arbitration eligibility.
Donaldson hit .301/.384/.499 in 158 games and 668 plate appearances last year, with 89 runs, 37 doubles, three triples, 24 home runs and 93 RBI. A converted catcher, Donaldson emerged as Oakland’s regular third baseman in the second half of the 2012 season, when he hit .290/.356/.489 in 47 games after the All-Star break, with 11 doubles, eight homers and 26 RBI.
The 28-year-old Donaldson was a first-round pick, 48th overall, of the Cubs in 2007 out of Auburn University and came to the A’s organization along with Sean Gallagher, Matt Murton and Eric Patterson in the July 2008 trade that sent Chad Gaudin and Rich Harden to Chicago.