Tomas Karageorgos | Report
The Toronto Blue Jays traded third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Cleveland Indians on MLB trade deadline day.
Donaldson was traded to the Jays from the Oakland Athletics in November 2014, who was seen as a major upgrade for the team as a whole, as he brought both skill and experience. Donaldson helped the Jays make the playoffs for the first time since 1993, which was when they won their second World Series in a row.
The 2015 season was arguably Donaldson’s best year in a Blue Jays uniform, he earned the American League MVP award after hitting .297 along with 41 home runs and 123 RBIs. Those stats made him the American League RBI and runs scored leader. Two of his three All Star call ups came during his time with the Jays, representing them in the 2015 and 2016 All Star games.
Jays Fans and the MLB as a whole noticed significant drop-off in Donaldson’s game in 2017, as injury problems began. On April 13th, Donaldson left the game with a strain in his right calf and did not return to action until late May. Donaldson finished that season with only 22 home runs in 227 at bats. The Jays and Donaldson agreed to a one-year, $23 million contract in early 2018. Donaldson was criticized for throwing the ball awkwardly on opening day, it turned out that he was diagnosed with dead arm syndrome the day after. The staff then decided to use him as a designated hitter for the time being. He went on to feature in only 36 games.
Josh Donaldson will be reunited with former Blue Jay Edwin Encarnacion who also plays with Cleveland.
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