NFL Rumors: Toronto Blue Jays to Trade Josh Donaldson Before Deadline?
The Toronto Blue Jays may trade third baseman Josh Donaldson before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Donaldson has been sidelined with a right calf injury that limited him to just nine games this season.
Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported that Donaldson may be pursued by the New York Mets or the Boston Red Sox. Donaldson is under contract with the Blue Jays until the end of 2018, making him an attractive target for contending teams.
After reaching the American League Championship Series the past two seasons, the Blue Jays were expected to dominate the AL East. However, they are now in last place in the AL East.
In nine games this season, Donaldson is hitting .310 with two homers and four RBIs in 29 at-bats. He hit 41 homers and 123 RBIs in his first season with the Blue Jays and followed it up with a 37-homer, 99-RBI output in 2016.
Donaldson is earning $17 million in 2017, the second season of a two-year, $28.65 million extension he signed in February 2016 to avoid arbitration. He will be eligible for arbitration again in 2018 before he hits the free-agent market at the end of that season.
According to CBS Sports, Donaldson is ramping up his rehabilitation activity at the Jays' training facility in Dunedin. Donaldson was expected to return in their six-game road trip against the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays, but the comeback was put off to give him more time to recover.
Despite their struggles, Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins is confident that his wards will recover and contend for a playoff spot. "We climb back to .500, and the only way to do that is to focus on our daily effort, our daily process and one game at a time," he said.
Two years ago, the Blue Jays went on a 42-14 run that started July 29 and turned an eight-game division deficit into a six-game lead. The capped it with their first AL East title in more than two decades.
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