MLB Rumors: Indians Acquire Josh Donaldson In Trade With Blue Jays

MLB Rumors: Indians Acquire Josh Donaldson In Trade With Blue Jays

MLB Rumors: Indians Acquire Josh Donaldson In Trade With Blue Jays

Throughout his career, Donaldson has been one of the best power hitters in baseball, crushing 116 homers over the past four seasons in Toronto.

Statistically Speaking looks at the deal sending Josh Donaldson to Cleveland. In fact, the Blue Jays have probably sent an armored limousine to their Spring facility in Dunedin to pick him up and requested a police escort to get him to the Delta ticket counter at Tampa's airport - ready to buy a ticket to an unknown location. That's not an insignificant ask for Ramirez, a player who is an MVP candidate in his own right, but that's the most logical way to get Donaldson's bat in the lineup on an everyday basis.

Donaldson only cleared waivers Friday afternoon, meaning the Blue Jays could freely negotiate with any team. The better way to put it, a source said, was that Donaldson was not ready to be traded. His health became a big question in 2018 as he missed 97 games due to a shoulder injury and then a nagging calf injury sidelined him for three months.

Otherwise, they would have been wise to deal him last offseason.

OK, that's part of the equation, but not the sole reason that I think the Blue Jays are heading for a long period of mediocre baseball. Outfielder George Bell won in 1987. Donaldson is reportedly owed close to $4 million for the rest of the season. With the game tied with two out and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth, Donaldson went HAM on a Steve Geltz slider and crushed it over the left field wall to keep Toronto four games up on NY in the division race. In the end, the season has been a mess for the Blue Jays and unloading Donaldson for a meagre return only drives that point home even more.

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

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