Multiple teams interested in Josh Donaldson

Arnold Nichols
September 2, 2018

After missing three months of action with a calf issue, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson went on a rehab assignment this week and was placed on revocable trade waivers.

Donaldson landing in Cleveland reunites him with former Blue Jays teammate Edwin Encarnacion, who signed with the Indians before the 2017 campaign began.

The AL Central-leading Indians sent a player to be named to the Blue Jays for Donaldson, a three-time All-Star who has been limited to 36 games this season because of injuries. Despite that, Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports has been told teams are showing interest.

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.

"I love the guy", Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

In Donaldson's first year with Toronto, he hit a torrid.297 with 41 home runs and 122 runs batted in.

It's a bitter ending to the Bringer of Rain's era as a Blue Jay.

For his efforts, Donaldson was chosen the AL's most valuable player, just the second player in franchise history to get the award. "We've seen repeated examples of guys willing to make either personally hard decisions, or in some cases, sacrifices to help the team win".

It was a good run while it lasted, eh, Blue Jays fans?

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.

If he were not dealt, Toronto could have let Donaldson walk away for nothing. Donaldson is reportedly owed close to $4 million for the rest of the season.

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. And they already have one of baseball's top offensive minor-league prospects in Vladimir Guerrero Jr. waiting to step in at third next season.

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