Josh Donaldson Will Hit Waivers With Several Contenders Interested

It’s looking more and more like Josh Donaldson’s days with the Blue Jays are done. More

It’s looking more and more like Josh Donaldson’s days with the Blue Jays are done. More

Long-term, there was an obvious issue with Donaldson staying at third base for the Blue Jays, since the club's top prospect, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who is knocking loudly on the major league door, also plays that position.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Blue Jays are planning to place Donaldson on revocable trade waivers before Friday's deadline and that they "have no motivation to keep him". Despite that, Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports has been told teams are showing interest.

The Blue Jays are also picking up a portion of his salary, as Donaldson is owed close to $4 million over the final month of the regular season. Given his injury history, it makes sense that they don't want to risk him accepting that offer and sticking around.

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Through his 36 games, Donaldson is batting.234 with five home runs and 16 RBIs.

He belted three homers over 11 games during the 2015 post-season and hit.417 over nine playoff games in 2016 while posting an impressive 1.128 OPS (on-base plus slugging). Nightengale speculates Donaldson will mostly remain at third while Jose Ramirez (an MVP candidate in his own right) will bounce over to second, meaning Jason Kipnis will likely lose some at bats and even see some time in the outfield.

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 spent the first four years of his career in Oakland. That helped the Blue Jays reach their first AL East Division crown since 1993. Donaldson's two-run shot in the seventh and solo blast in the eighth sealed the Blue Jays' third come from behind win of the series. After losing to the Cubs in the 2016 World Series, Cleveland returned to the postseason past year, falling to the Yankees in the ALDS. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs as a supplemental first-round pick in 2007. He was instrumental in the Blue Jays' 2015 and 2016 seasons.

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