Rick Zamperin: Simply put, Blue Jays whiffed on Josh Donaldson deal

02 September, 2018, 03:37 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • It’s looking more and more like Josh Donaldson’s days with the Blue Jays are done. More

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson has been acquired by the Indians, the clubs confirmed Friday.

Shortly before midnight, almost 11 hours after talks commenced between the Indians and Blue Jays, the teams completed an exchange that landed Josh Donaldson in a No. 27 Tribe uniform.

Now that Donaldson has officially started in on a rehab stint, however, a return to the field during the last month of the season doesn't seem entirely out of the question.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters after Toronto's 6-5 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday that he was going to miss Donaldson. Given his injury history, it makes sense that they don't want to risk him accepting that offer and sticking around. In 20 post-season games with Toronto from 2015-16, Donaldson hit four home runs with a 1.000 OPS.

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. 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.

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It was felt that the Blue Jays would try to deal Donaldson after last season, when his value was still relatively high. That helped the Blue Jays reach their first AL East Division crown since 1993.

Donaldson also shone during both playoff runs. He has been out since May 28 with a calf injury.

Donaldson becomes the first MVP to wear an Indians uniform since Juan Gonzalez (a two-time victor for the Texas Rangers) spent a year with the club in 2001.

Before arriving in the big leagues, Donaldson spent three years at Auburn University.

He was eighth in the 2014 MVP vote, took 23 of 30 first-place votes in his 2015 victory, and was fourth in the 2016 vote.

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