Monday, 22 October, 2018

Cleveland Indians acquire former American League MVP Josh Donaldson

Report: Multiple teams interested in Josh Donaldson Rick Zamperin: Simply put, Blue Jays whiffed on Josh Donaldson deal
Betsy Taylor | 01 September, 2018, 19:02

The Blue Jays have agreed to trade the third baseman and cash to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for a player to be named later.

Donaldson, 32, has begun a rehab assignment with High-A Dunedin after suffering a calf injury in May that has cost him the majority of the 2018 Major League Baseball season.

Coincidentally, the Blue Jays and Indians face off during a four-game set at Rogers Centre beginning next Thursday, September 6th.

Donaldson has been on the disabled list for Toronto since May 29 dealing with a strained right calf muscle.

"If that happens, he's a great player man", Encarnacion said after being asked about the trade, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm. It was a moot point as the game was rained out. Donaldson's actual numbers this season are.234/.333/.423 with five homers and 16 RBIs. He played six innings and went 1-for-3. Between 2015 and 2017 he averaged 37 home runs per year.


Before this season, Donaldson was a perennial MVP candidate widely regarded as one of baseball's best players.

But an injury-dampened season and no real clarity on when he could return, quickly made Donaldson untradeable for Toronto until a well-timed return to action this week.

Donaldson, who will be 33 in December, is coming off his worst year as a pro, though still is carrying a lifetime.275 average with an.873 OPS through 7 seasons (close to 6 years of service time) between Oakland and Toronto. That helped the Blue Jays reach their first AL East Division crown since 1993. Outfielder George Bell won in 1987.

With that track record, he surely would have commanded significant value on the trade market if the Blue Jays weren't going to get him signed to a contract extension.

If he were not dealt, Toronto could have let Donaldson walk away for nothing. He'll be ineligible to obtain a qualifying offer this off-season because of the trade. Donaldson's two-run shot in the seventh and solo blast in the eighth sealed the Blue Jays' third come from behind win of the series.

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