MLB Rumors: Toronto Blue Jays Ready to Trade Josh Donaldson, Begin Firesale If Slow Start Continues

By Paul E. Davidson, Posted: 04/19/17 02:37PM EDT
Josh Donaldson
Josh Donaldson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays reacts after striking out against the Baltimore Orioles during the eighth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 5, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo : Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The Toronto Blue Jays are off to a historically bad start with a 2-10 record after the first two weeks of the 2017 MLB season. The latest MLB rumors suggested that the Blue Jays are prepared to trade superstar third baseman Josh Donaldson and start a firesale if the team continues their slow start.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, rival evaluators believe that the Blue Jays will start a rebuild if they continue to struggle in the next couple of months. Toronto had World Series aspirations in the offseason and they can certainly pick it up at some point.

However, the Blue Jays need to do it immediately because losses will keep piling up if they play the same way for the next couple of weeks. Olney noted that a rebuild is going to start by letting go of veteran pitchers that include Francisco Liriano, J.A. Happ and Marco Estrada.

Other players the Blue Jays could part with in their rebuild are Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki and Jose Bautista. Russell Martin is also a potential trade candidate, but he still has $40 million in two years left on his contract.

Estrada and Liriano are free agents at the end of the season, while Happ is signed through the 2018 MLB season for $13 million. Bautista, on the other hand, has some value despite being 37 years old. He just needs to boost his value by coming out of his slump.

Donaldson and Tulowitzki are two of the most valuable players on the Blue Jays roster. But if they want a great return to replenish their farm system, the two players need to go. Tulowitzki still has three years and $54 million left on his deal, per CBS Sports.

It means the Blue Jays need to eat a large portion of his contract to trade him. Finally, Donaldson is a legitimate superstar who can bring a nice haul of prospects for the future. However, he needs to stay healthy in order to maintain his value before the trade deadline.



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