MLB Rumors: Cardinals emerging as top Josh Donaldson suitor

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Cleveland dealt for Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson prior to Friday's midnight deadline. 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. "We've seen repeated examples of guys willing to make either personally hard decisions, or in some cases, sacrifices to help the team win".

"If that happens, he's a great player man", Encarnacion said after being asked about the trade, according to MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm. Just very bad timing. The injuries have probably already cost Donaldson tens of millions of dollars. If he remained in Toronto the Blue Jays would have undoubtedly tagged him with the qualifying offer, necessitating draft pick compensation from any team wanting to sign Donaldson.

It was with that production in mind that the Blue Jays discussed a possible extension with Donaldson this spring. In exchange, the Jays will receive a player to be named later.

After helping to lead the Oakland Athletics into the postseason the previous three seasons, Donaldson was shipped to Toronto for Brett Lawrie and three minor-leaguers - second baseman Franklin Barreto and pitchers Kendall Graveman and Sean Nolin.

Donaldson is one of the best third basemen in the game when healthy, but the problem is, the 2015 MVP hasn't been able to play since May 28.

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.

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It was a good run while it lasted, eh, Blue Jays fans?

The 32-year-old Donaldson was the league's top player in 2015, when he batted.297 with 41 homers and 123 RBIs.

It's a bitter ending to the Bringer of Rain's era as a Blue Jay.

If he were not dealt, Toronto could have let Donaldson walk away for nothing. Talks did not progress, however, and Donaldson instead entered his free agent year without a contract.

The trade deadline in Major League Baseball is long gone.

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