Blue Jays trade Josh Donaldson to Cleveland Indians

Report: Multiple teams interested in Josh Donaldson

Report: Multiple teams interested in Josh Donaldson

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". Vlad Jr.is the building block of the Blue Jays' next wave of talented young stars and it simply didn't make sense to employ a former MVP and potentially a future MVP on the same team.

"If that happens, he's a great player man", Encarnacion said after being asked about the trade, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm.

Donaldson - who also attracted interest from the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and St Louis Cardinals - was on a rehab assignment with the Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays on Friday.

Cleveland is set to visit Toronto for a four-game series starting next Thursday.

But an injury-dampened season and no real clarity on when he could return, quickly made Donaldson untradeable for Toronto until a well-timed return to action this week.

After missing a combined total of just 11 regular-season games through his first two years in Toronto, injuries limited Donaldson to 113 games in 2017 and just 36 this season.

Donaldson will play third base for the Indians. "But we feel we've built that in appropriately with the structure of the deal and spent quite a bit of time talking with the Blue Jays on how we appropriately balance that risk".

The 32-year-old Donaldson was the league's top player in 2015, when he batted.297 with 41 homers and 123 RBIs. That helped the Blue Jays reach their first AL East Division crown since 1993.

He has hit 179 homes over his nine-year career with Toronto and the Oakland Athletics.

Or, the Blue Jays could have offered him a qualifying offer for the 2019 season, which will probably be in the vicinity of US$18-million. He will be a free agent after the season, and still has roughly $4 million left on an arbitration deal that gives him roughly $23 million total in 2018.

The trade deadline in Major League Baseball is long gone.

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