Blue Jays trade Donaldson to Indians

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The Blue Jays will take on a player to be named later in exchange for the veteran infielder.

According to Major League Baseball insider Bob Nightengale, the Toronto Blue Jays are expected to part ways with Josh Donaldson and Curtis Granderson via trade. 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.

Coincidentally, the Blue Jays and Indians face off during a four-game set at Rogers Centre beginning next Thursday, September 6th. It was widely reported that the club then placed him on revocable waivers on Wednesday afternoon, a process that lasts 48 hours. Donaldson was scratched from the initial lineup due to soreness a day after playing five inning in his rehab debut.

Donaldson, widely regarded as one of the best players in the game at the hot corner when healthy, reportedly cleared waivers Friday, making him eligible to be traded to any team.

Before news of the trade broke, other reports pointed to either the New York Yankees or St. Louis Cardinals as possible destinations for Donaldson.

Although speculative, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com names RHP Julian Merryweather as a player "rumoured to be headed to Toronto".

After a couple of fielding misplays and an error from the Rangers, Donaldson made arguably the most famous dash to home plate in Blue Jays history and used his heads-up base running to seal Toronto's berth in the 2016 ALCS.

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

Donaldson has played in just 36 games this year, as the third baseman is dealing with a nagging hamstring injury.

Also, Donaldson is in a contract year and will be a free agent at season's end while Kipnis has one more year and his backup, Erik Gonzalez, is under team control until 2023.

It's a bitter ending to the Bringer of Rain's era as a Blue Jay. He could still be traded in September to help a team make the playoffs, however.

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