Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Major League Baseball trade rumors: Blue Jays place Josh Donaldson on waivers

Rosenthal The likelihood of a Josh Donaldson trade missing Vlad Jr. and Eloy rooting for Wright more notes Rosenthal The likelihood of a Josh Donaldson trade missing Vlad Jr. and Eloy rooting for Wright more notes
Shannon Reynolds | 31 August, 2018, 16:55

The Toronto Blue Jays are said to be committed to moving on from Josh Donaldson, but questions remain about whether there will be any interest in the third baseman when he is placed on waivers.

Donaldson, out of the big-league Blue Jays' lineup since May 28 with a calf injury, went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI in his first game of a rehab assignment on Tuesday night.

The Jays, however, might be required to pull Donaldson off waivers after he was set to be held out of a rehab appearance at high Class-A Dunedin on Wednesday due to leg soreness. The Jays will place him on revocable trade waivers Wednesday. Rosenthal adds: "They want [Donaldson] gone". While Garcia wasn't expected be an ace by any means, I don't think many people expected him to be healthy and dropped from the Blue Jays' roster before the end of the year.

Team president Mark Shapiro and general manager Ross Atkins must have known way back in the spring that they had no chance of making the playoffs this year and were planning to unload Donaldson at the trade deadline, right?

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While Donaldson is undoubtedly an investment for whichever team is interested in claiming or trading for him, it's hard to deny his ability to carry an offense.

Should Donaldson, who turns 33 in July, stay with the Jays through the off-season, the front office would have to decide whether to make a qualifying offer worth about $18 million.

The 2015 American League MVP Donaldson registered a.234/.333/.423 slash line in just 36 games this season before the injury.

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