Biggest deal for arbitration player...Blackmon and Rockies agree...Overhaul in Cleveland

January 12, 2018 - 2:49 pm

TORONTO (AP) — Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a $23 million contract, the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player. The 32-year-old, a three-time All-Star, topped the $21,625,000, one-year deal agreed to last May by outfielder Bryce Harper and Washington. Donaldson, the 2015 AL MVP, got a $6 million raise after rebounding from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit .270 last season with 33 homers and 78 RBIs in 113 games.

DENVER (AP) — NL batting champion Charlie Blackmon and the Colorado Rockies avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $14 million, one-year contract. The 31-year-old centerfielder hit .331 with 37 homers and 104 RBIs last year and made $7.3 million. He can become a free agent after this season.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Second baseman Joe Panik has reached agreement on a $3.45 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants to avoid salary arbitration. The 27-year-old Panik has been limited by injuries the past three seasons and spent a stint on the concussion list in 2017.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns coach Hue Jackson has overhauled his staff following a 0-16 season. Cleveland announced Friday that Jackson has hired former New York Giants wide receivers coach Adam Henry for the same role and former Cincinnati offensive coordinator Ken Zampese will coach the Browns quarterbacks. The team is expected to use either the No. 1 or No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft to select a quarterback.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have hired Norv Turner as their new offensive coordinator. Turner replaces Mike Shula, who was fired earlier this week after seven seasons with Carolina, including five as offensive coordinator. Turner inherits an offense that includes 2015 league MVP Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey and Greg Olsen. The Panthers finished 12th in the league scoring in 2017, but ranked 28th in passing.

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