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Rick Zamperin: Simply put, Blue Jays whiffed on Josh Donaldson deal

01 September, 2018, 19:02 | Author: Drew Briggs
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His season, which should have been a platform campaign in advance of a massive free-agent payoff, has been upended by a sore shoulder and a calf injury that has been painfully slow to heal, no pun intended. There's a good chance he's got some very productive years left before he's done, and the Blue Jays lack of interest in retaining him was more about where they're at as a franchise than his own abilities.

August 31st marks MLB's waiver trade deadline, aka the last day the Jays could trade Donaldson, for those who are somewhat confused with baseball's trade deadline system.

The third baseman only played in his first rehab game on Tuesday night in Dunedin, Fla., for Toronto's Class-A affiliate.

The Indians now sit 14.5 games ahead of the Twins in the AL Central with a 77-57 record.

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

It's certainly an interesting move for the Indians, as they were not expected to trade for the third baseman because they didn't want to shift Jose Ramirez from the position.

Chicago Bears outbid Cleveland Browns, others for Khalil Mack
Like Donald, who was drafted the same year Mack was, he deserves to be compensated for his efforts. Either way, the trade brings the Mack saga to a swift and shocking end in Oakland.

Donaldson was acquired by the Blue Jays in a November 2014 deal with Oakland. The native of Pensacola, Fla., also hit 41 doubles and had a.568 slugging percentage to become the first Blue Jay to win the honour since George Bell in 1987.

Toronto went into the 2015 post-season - its first playoff appearance since 1993 - on a dramatic note when Donaldson hit a solo walk-off homer against the Tampa Bay Rays in the regular-season finale at Rogers Centre.

It's also a shame for other reasons as well, mainly the return the Blue Jays received from Cleveland, or lack thereof. Still, those are the only two times Donaldson has appeared in games since May, so he remains something of an unknown for 2018.

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.

Donaldson was the American League MVP in 2015.

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