Blue Jays trade Donaldson to Indians

Blue Jays trade Donaldson to Indians

Cleveland dealt for Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson prior to Friday's midnight deadline. Vlad the building block of the Blue Jays' next wave of talented young stars and it simply didn't make sense to employ a former MVP and potentially a future MVP on the same team.

"He's great player, man", Encarnacion said after the Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 and before the trade was official. He appeared in his first rehab assignment on August 29, playing for the Blue Jays' High-A affiliate.

The Blue Jays will play host to the Indians for a four-game set at Rogers Centre beginning Thursday.

Whether he leaves the Jays' nest now or this offseason, Toronto missed a real opportunity to get some good prospects in a trade for Donaldson. They'll send a player to be named later to Toronto by the agreed-upon January 30 deadline. Now that Donaldson is gone, it leaves only a handful of holdovers from those Blue Jays rosters. Donaldson spent the first four years of his career in Oakland. Donaldson has not appeared in an Major League Baseball game since May 28 because of a lingering calf issue, and he's still owed around $4 million this season.

He hit 37 homers and drove in 99 runs in 2016 and had 41 homers and 123 RBI the year before that, so Donaldson was a productive player not all that long ago.

When that didn't happen, and Donaldson was joined on the sideline by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, whose ongoing foot issues prevented him from playing a single inning, Toronto's hopes of challenging faded early.

Or, the Blue Jays could have offered him a qualifying offer for the 2019 season, which will probably be in the vicinity of US$18-million.

Making $23-million this season, Donaldson looked like he would have a chance to cash in as a free agent at season's end, but this injury-marred campaign will likely have a diminishing effect on his market value.

Given his age, Donaldson is not seen as a part of a rebuild the club is embarking on.

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