The Indians entered play Friday with a 76-57 record.
Baseball people were buzzing Friday that Josh Donaldson, for some reason, did not want to be traded. That the deal sends him to Cleveland, the former home of President Mark Shapiro and GM Ross Atkins only makes the optics less appealing.
And given that Donaldson has been injury prone the past two years and is still owed around US$4-million of his US$23-million 2018 salary, the open-market value for the American League's 2015 most-valuable-player had plummeted. The better way to put it, a source said, was that Donaldson was not ready to be traded. Not that Donaldson couldn't still be worth that amount or more, but with the Blue Jays on the cusp of a rebuild, the match doesn't really make much sense anymore. He appeared in his first rehab assignment on August 29, playing for the Blue Jays' High-A affiliate.
As Morosi writes, "sources say the Cardinals have emerged as a suitor for Donaldson because of infield injuries of their own".
The 32-year-old Donaldson was the league's top player in 2015, when he batted.297 with 41 homers and 123 RBIs. This was the Blue Jays last opportunity to get something - however minute that was - in exchange for Donaldson.
Donaldson, who will be 33 in December, is coming off his worst year as a pro, though still is carrying a lifetime.275 average with an.873 OPS through 7 seasons (close to 6 years of service time) between Oakland and Toronto.
When that didn't happen, and Donaldson was joined on the sideline by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, whose ongoing foot issues prevented him from playing a single inning, Toronto's hopes of challenging faded early.
If Donaldson were to decline such an offer and opted to test the free-agent market, the Blue Jays would at least get a draft pick when he signs with another club.