Indians Acquire Josh Donaldson From Blue Jays

Tyler Owen
September 1, 2018

There's a good chance he's got some very productive years left before he's done, and the Blue Jays lack of interest in retaining him was more about where they're at as a franchise than his own abilities.

Donaldson hasn't played in a big-league game since late May, but recently started a rehab assignment with the Blue Jays, according to The Athletic writer Zack Meisel.

The Cleveland Indians have also been linked to Donaldson, but manager Terry Francona has said he doesn't want to move Jose Ramirez off third base and displace the struggling Jason Kipnis at second.

The 32-year-old homered in his first at-bat for Dunedin Thursday, playing six innings in a game that was originally scheduled for Wednesday but pushed back due to rain.

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 Indians entered play Friday with a 76-57 record.

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The deal comes just days after Terry Francona commented on the ridiculousness of moving Jose Ramirez, who's now playing third base better than any Indian in the history of the franchise, from the hot corner. Now, he'll join the team trying to end the longest World Series drought in baseball at 69 years. Still, those are the only two times Donaldson has appeared in games since May, so he remains something of an unknown for 2018.

Buckle up. I fully expect Josh Donaldson to be a St. Louis Cardinal by the end of the day, and the price tag is gonna be bupkis.

They hold a 14-game lead in the American League Central.

He belted three homers over 11 games during the 2015 post-season and hit.417 over nine playoff games in 2016 while posting an impressive 1.128 OPS (on-base plus slugging). 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.

It's also a shame for other reasons as well, mainly the return the Blue Jays received from Cleveland, or lack thereof.

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