Everything you need to know from MLB's salary arbitration filing deadline – CBSSports.com

While it might not be the most exciting day on baseball’s offseason calendar, Friday brought a pretty significant deadline for teams and players around the league. It was the deadline for clubs and their arbitration-eligible players to file salary figures for 2018. The player filed what he feels he should be paid this coming season while the team files what they feel he should be paid. Simple, right?

There were 204 arbitration-eligible players around the league this offseason, and the vast majority of those 204 players agreed to new contracts before Friday’s deadline. That is not at all unusual. No one likes going through the arbitration process — even filing salary figures can be a pain — so the two sides do all they can to hammer out a new contract. If necessary, arbitration hearings will take place throughout February.

As a reminder, players with more than three years but less than six years of service time are eligible for arbitration. Some players can become arbitration eligible with slightly less than three full years of service time — those players are known as “Super Two” and they go through arbitration four times instead of the usual three. Players with at least six years of service time are eligible for free agency. Here is everything you need to know about arbitration salary filing day 2018:

Donaldson set an arbitration record

Prior to the 1 p.m. ET deadline, the Blue Jays and Josh Donaldson agreed to an arbitration record $23 million salary for the 2018 season. That is the largest salary ever given to a player on a one-year contract in his years of arbitration eligibility. Donaldson was arbitration-eligible for the final time and will become a free agent following this season.

It is worth noting Donaldson is

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