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Indians acquire Josh Donaldson from Blue Jays

02 September, 2018, 03:37 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Josh Donaldson 3B grounds into a double play for the Jays. Jack Boland  Toronto Sun  Postmedia Network

After missing three months of action with a calf issue, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson went on a rehab assignment this week and was placed on revocable trade waivers.

In Cleveland, a healthy Donaldson could play third base if Jose Ramirez shifts over to play second base. Despite that, Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports has been told teams are showing interest.

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.

Donaldson came to Toronto in November, 2014, in a trade by then general manager Alex Anthopoulos, that is regarded as being lopsided in the Blue Jays' favour.

Also, Donaldson is in a contract year and will be a free agent at season's end while Kipnis has one more year and his backup, Erik Gonzalez, is under team control until 2023.

After helping to lead the Oakland Athletics into the postseason the previous three seasons, Donaldson was shipped to Toronto for Brett Lawrie and three minor-leaguers - second baseman Franklin Barreto and pitchers Kendall Graveman and Sean Nolin.

It was a good run while it lasted, eh, Blue Jays fans?

The 32-year-old joins his former teammate Edwin Encarnacion in Cleveland, who statistically have the second-best lineup in the American League East this year (only the Red Sox have a higher team average).

To be sure, Donaldson is still getting over a calf injury that has cost him much of a season in which he hasn't hit like the superstar he once was. After losing to the Cubs in the 2016 World Series, Cleveland returned to the postseason a year ago, falling to the Yankees in the ALDS.

It's a bitter ending to the Bringer of Rain's era as a Blue Jay.

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.

The danger in this scenario is that Donaldson would accept the offer which is not something the Blue Jays reportedly would like to happen.


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