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The Blue Jays have traded third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Indians, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan. We're bound to learn a lot more details in the coming days, especially now that Donaldson doesn't have to worry about upsetting the folks who sign his cheques with his words, and there's a good chance that it won't reflect well on the Blue Jays regardless of how much they're actually at fault.

Although he only played in Toronto for four seasons, Donaldson has undoubtedly secured his position as one of the best Blue Jays to play third base.

Donaldson's relationship with the Blue Jays' front office seems to have soured, which is likely rooted in not getting a big contract on his end or his extended recovery from injury this year on the club's end.

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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. 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. That home run was Donaldson's 41st of the season and his league-leading 123rd RBI, helping him secure the AL MVP that year. He hit 37 homers, drove in 99 runs and hit.284 with a.404 on-base percentage to help the Blue Jays return to the ALCS, this time bowing out to the Indians. In exchange, the Jays will receive a player to be named later. The ninth-inning blast to left field gave Toronto a 5-4 comeback win over Tampa Bay, putting a wild ending on an already tantalizing regular season, his first as a Blue Jay. 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.

If he were not dealt, Toronto could have let Donaldson walk away for nothing. He is now on a minor league rehab assignment. He'll be ineligible to obtain a qualifying offer this off-season because of the trade.


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