Red Sox, Yankees Out to Chase Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson?
After a poor start to the season, the Toronto Blue Jays are expected to trade some of their best players on or before the July 31 trade deadline. Among those anticipated to be dangled is third baseman Josh Donaldson.
According to Joe Giglio of NJ.com, the struggling Blue Jays, who are currently eight games back of first in the American League East, may hold a fire sale by unloading their key players for prospects or draft picks in preparation for next season.
Jonah Keri of SportsNet.ca reported that the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astros can pursue Donaldson before the deadline. He is an attractive target for contending teams as he is under contract with the Blue Jays until end of 2018.
Keri said the Cardinals could move Jedd Gyorko to second and Donaldson to third while the Astros could make the Blue Jays slugger a full-time third baseman.
With the Yankees, Donaldson would be a major upgrade over Chase Headley. The move will also allow rising prospect Gleyber Torres to fill a utility role.
Donaldson, a former AL MVP, is currently on the disabled list with a calf strain. He is ramping up his rehabilitation activity at the Jays' training facility in Dunedin as he plans to return to action in early June, per CBS Sports.
Donaldson is hitting .310 with two homers and four RBIs in 29 at-bats in nine games this season. In his first season with the Blue Jays, he hit 41 homers and 123 RBIs and followed it up with a 37-homer, 99-RBI output in 2016.
Donaldson is scheduled to earn $17 million in 2017 in the second year of his two-year, $28.65 million extensions he signed in February 2016. He will be eligible for arbitration again in 2018 before he hits the free-agent market at the end of that season.
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