Published: Sat, September 01, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Blue Jays trade Josh Donaldson to Cleveland Indians

Blue Jays trade Josh Donaldson to Cleveland Indians

From a financial standpoint, it's a low-risk maneuver for the Indians.

That by the end of his four-season tenure the Blue Jays didn't even want to extend the pending free agent a qualifying offer in the off-season to ensure they received draft pick compensation should he sign elsewhere speaks to the dissolution of a relationship that started so promisingly.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Blue Jays are planning to place Donaldson on revocable trade waivers before Friday's deadline and that they "have no motivation to keep him".

A player to be named later is the epitome of an unknown return, which isn't terribly inspiring given what the marketplace would have yielded for Donaldson before the season. According to The Atheltic, the Blue Jays will pay $2.7 million of the remaining $4 million still owed Donaldson this season. Now, he'll join the team trying to end the longest World Series drought in baseball at 69 years.

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. 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.

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The 32-year-old also went yard in his first at-bat of Thursday night's rehab game, which was surely a delight for the five scouts in attendance.

Donaldson also shone during both playoff runs. When the team was scuffling early in 2015, Donaldson told reporters after a loss that "this isn't the try league, this is the get it done league".

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.

The move, which had not been officially announced by the American League club, will no doubt be galling to supporters of the team as Donaldson will be joining Edwin Encarnacion, another former franchise icon who left after the 2016 season. He spent 2011 in the minors and split the 2012 campaign with the Athletics and their triple-A affiliate.

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