MLB Rumors: Indians Acquire Josh Donaldson In Trade With Blue Jays

01 September, 2018, 19:04 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Report: Multiple teams interested in Josh Donaldson

His season, which should have been a platform campaign in advance of a massive free-agent payoff, has been upended by a sore shoulder and a calf injury that has been painfully slow to heal, no pun intended. "It's a good spot for him".

Donaldson hasn't played for the Blue Jays since the end of May when he was placed on the Disabled List.

It really just straight up sucks that he'll depart from Toronto with things ending on a sour note in terms of his performance, the return the Blue Jays will get, and most importantly with his feelings toward the organization.

The Toronto Sun's Rob Longley had several different quotes from Donaldson that were released throughout Friday, and they didn't exactly paint a picture of an ideal relationship between the player and his now former employer. Nightengale speculates Donaldson will mostly remain at third while Jose Ramirez (an MVP candidate in his own right) will bounce over to second, meaning Jason Kipnis will likely lose some at bats and even see some time in the outfield.

Donaldson was acquired by the Blue Jays in a November 2014 deal with Oakland. Now, he'll join the team trying to end the longest World Series drought in baseball at 69 years.

Through his 36 games, Donaldson is batting.234 with five home runs and 16 RBIs.

With Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on the horizon, the reality is that both he and Donaldson were unlikely to coexist on the same roster next year.

Donaldson will turn 33 this offseason, and the Blue Jays will have to make him a qualifying offer of around $17 million if they choose to go that route.

The move, which had not been officially announced by the American League club, will no doubt be galling to supporters of the team as Donaldson will be joining Edwin Encarnacion, another former franchise icon who left after the 2016 season.

Donaldson enjoyed another solid season in 2016 and helped the Blue Jays to a second consecutive playoff appearance before injuries started taking a toll.

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