Cleveland Indians acquire former AL MVP Josh Donaldson from Toronto Blue Jays

02 September, 2018, 03:34 | Author: Marlene Myers
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In a shocking move to Tribe fans everywhere, it was announced that the Indians have landed Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson in a trade Friday night.

Josh Donaldson's relatively short, significant - and ultimately stormy - journey with the Toronto Blue Jays is apparently over. Despite that, Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports has been told teams are showing interest.

Donaldson's first step onto the trade block began earlier this week with a rehab assignment at single-A Dunedin.

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.

Granderson is batting.243 on the seasons with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs. He won back to back Silver Slugger awards in 2015 and 2016, an American League MVP in 2015 (while finishing fourth in MVP voting the following campaign), and was twice named to the AL All Star team during his tenure in Toronto. He rested Wednesday before returning to the lineup Thursday and hitting a home run.

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. "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".

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It's a bitter ending to the Bringer of Rain's era as a Blue Jay. After losing to the Cubs in the 2016 World Series, Cleveland returned to the postseason past year, falling to the Yankees in the ALDS.

With Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on the horizon, the reality is that both he and Donaldson were unlikely to coexist on the same roster next year.

It's been touch-and-go with the three-time All-Star this year, especially in light of his lengthy recovery from a calf injury sustained in late May.

Donaldson blossomed in his first full season with Oakland in 2013.

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.

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