Indians acquire Josh Donaldson from Blue Jays

Shortly before midnight, almost 11 hours after talks commenced between the Indians and Blue Jays, the teams completed an exchange that landed Josh Donaldson in a No. 27 Tribe uniform.

Josh Donaldson is heading to the Cleveland Indians after he was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Donaldson went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI in a Single-A rehab assignment Tuesday night, and there have been no indications that he suffered any setbacks.

After much speculation, the Blue Jays pulled the trigger on a trade that was percolating for days.

But in order for Donaldson to be able to play in the postseason, the trade had to be made final before 11:59 p.m. (ET) as per Major League Baseball guidelines. 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.

Donaldson has been on the disabled list for Toronto since May 29 dealing with a strained right calf muscle.

"He's great player, man", Encarnacion said after the Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 and before the trade was official. It was a moot point as the game was rained out.

But when healthy he's still a difference-making right-handed power hitter, as evidenced by 33 home runs in 113 games (415 at-bats) past year, and Donaldson could theoretically play both corner infield spots. When healthy, Donaldson is one of the most feared bats in the American League. They'll send a player to be named later to Toronto by the agreed-upon January 30 deadline.

The Toronto Blue Jays moved out an injured star and didn't get a whole lot in return.

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

He earned the 2015 AL most valuable player award after hitting.297 with 41 homers and 123 RBIs. "We've seen repeated examples of guys willing to make either personally hard decisions, or in some cases, sacrifices to help the team win".

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. Now that Donaldson is gone, it leaves only a handful of holdovers from those Blue Jays rosters. But the club made the gross miscalculation that it would be a contender this year and chose to roll the dice that the third baseman would return to form. He will be a free agent after the season, and still has roughly $4 million left on an arbitration deal that gives him roughly $23 million total in 2018.

Given his age, Donaldson is not seen as a part of a rebuild the club is embarking on. He is now on a minor league rehab assignment.

  • Stacy Allen