Josh Donaldson Traded to Cleveland for PTBNL

How does it end for Josh Donaldson as a Toronto Blue Jay? To quote T. S. Eliot, "not with a bang but a whimper."

But what a bang, and what a whimper! The bang started when Alex Anthopolous sent Brett Laurie and others to Oakland for Donaldson. By mid-season 2015 he had the most All-Star votes in MLB history. Remember his walk-off homer during the pennant race of 2015? He was a key member of the most exciting Jays team since '93 becoming only the second Jay to be named AL MVP.

He was great in 2016 as well, leading the Jays to their second ALCS appearance in a row. Then, a strong but injury-plagued 2017 and a 2018 season to forget. The whimper was heard last night when the Blue Jays traded Donaldson to Cleveland for a player to be named later. That was the market value of the 2015 MVP.

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

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Maybe the player to be named later will actually turn out to be an UMBRELLA?!? #Non-Sequitur!!!,

September 1, 2018 @ 9:48 AM


This whole thing doesn’t smell right!

September 1, 2018 @ 10:01 AM


Just as long as it doesn't smell Like "Teen Spirit" or whatever those 'skunk' smells Lynyrd Skynyrd
sang about it in "That Smell!!!"

September 1, 2018 @ 10:05 AM


Should of happened last year but glad he is gone. The MVP thing went to his head. Thing that I remember about him was that choke job he had in 2015 in KC. Couldn't even drive in those 2 guys on 2 & 3 with Bautista on deck. U know Bautista was chomping at the bit to be in that situation but the beloved MVP grounded out.

PS This is also what happens when you mess around with Jackie Redmond. She is a curse, ask Estrada.

PSS Get ready for 2020 when the future will be playing. They need to focus on starting pitching.

September 1, 2018 @ 11:01 AM

Rob J

Hard to believe that the Pirates, Mets, Royals, Blue Jays, and Rangers were among the playoff teams just 3 seasons ago.

September 1, 2018 @ 11:51 AM


There were obvious issues between JD and Shatkins. We'll never know the extent of it, but I suspect JD and Gibby were also butting heads quite a bit. JD has a huge ego, there's no question. Trading him was the right move. He's played a grand total of 35 games this season, and on the DL twice last year for extended periods. He's not what he was- which happens. Players decline as they age.

JD would not, and could not save this team- there were far too many other issues. A trade was bound to happen. It should have happened last year when he was healthy, but I think they were hoping to be at least wildcard contenders this year. Didn't happen.

Let him go, we've got lots of young talent in the pipeline, with more to come.

If only we could unload Tulo and Morales. I like them both- very very talented. But Morales is a bat- nothing more. Can't run and his defense is iffy. Tulo has spent the majority of his contract with the Jays on the DL. Extremely injury prone, and will miss the entire 2018 season. Time to move on.

September 1, 2018 @ 2:42 PM


Injury prone & collecting salaries as they rehab. LOL

September 1, 2018 @ 3:55 PM

Urooj Islam

The returns for Happ, Donaldson and Osuna are embarrassing.

The front office and Rogers' delusion about this team's chances in 2018 is going to set them back for years.

Imagine if they were proactive enough to start the rebuild in the winter, they would be light-years ahead of where they are now. What they have done over the last year is a fireable offense for the Shapiro/Atkins front office, just wait until how much worse it gets in 2019 and 2020.

September 1, 2018 @ 5:50 PM

Rob J

@Urooj Islam
As an outsider, I thought it was a weird offseason for them, claiming contender status yet only signing spare-parts Granderson and Garcia as free agents, despite finishing 10 games under .500 in 2017. They must have assumed they'd have no injuries despite the injury-prone players on the roster and obviously under-estimated how good Boston and New York were going to be. I have a feeling in 2019, the narrative will be the ability to be the Oakland A's of this year.

September 1, 2018 @ 6:09 PM


@Urooj Islam

Rebuilds start during the season when contenders are looking for the best to carry them into the post season. How do you do that in the Winter? A lot of the guys the Jays signed are on 1 year contracts, so getting what you can for them during the season makes a lot more sense than letting them walk as free agents and get nothing in the off season.

Would you sell your car to a wrecker and get almost nothing, or would you try to shop it and get some value out of it?

September 1, 2018 @ 6:48 PM

Urooj Islam


I meant LAST winter and getting a head start on the rebuild that they obviously were headed towards.

Like Rob J said, thinking a 76-win team was going to contend in the AL with some good luck and band aid signings was beyond foolish. The average playoff team in the AL seems headed for 95+ wins.

September 1, 2018 @ 7:12 PM


@urooj islam

The returns aren't terrible. With Osunas charges hanging over him, his value was shot and the jays had apparently decided he was done in Toronto and got what they could.

Happ netted the Jays Drury who had some good seasons in Arizona before being traded to the yanks this past offseason.

McKinney has looked good as well albeit a small sample size. 2 guys on the major league roster for a few months of Happ isn't bad. The worst part of the deal is hoping the yankees win for Happ lol.

PTBNL for Donaldson has already been AGREED UPON. However with baseballs rules it cant be announced right away. I believe its because the prospect didnt pass through waivers. I'll reserve judgement to see who it is.

Regardless of the deal Donaldson was gone this offseason anyway. Vlad JR is knocking on the door making baseball look easy. Drury and Russell Martin can keep 3rd warm for him until he's called up next year.

If Donaldson got a qualifying offer theres a good chance he would've accepted imo. Look at last off season. Teams arent shelling out the way they used to. Though that could change again as there are some big name FA's this offseason.

September 1, 2018 @ 7:33 PM


Reminds me of the vince carter deal, 3 players who never played for the raptors and a $9 million buy out for alonzo mourning who refused to report.... in the where are they now segment anybody hear from rob babcock or john ferguson jr lately? Havent we been cursed enough in this town....

September 1, 2018 @ 9:28 PM


Can we blame Jackie Redmond for this? I'm blaming Jackie Redmond for this.

September 2, 2018 @ 9:35 AM

m m

What does it take to 86 the GM?

September 3, 2018 @ 3:47 PM


@m m

Why would you do that?? He's rebuilding the team- the Jays are, or were, the oldest team in the league with some of the most expensive pieces. You don't complete a rebuild in one year. Also, AA traded most of the valuable prospects in 2015 for a one shot deal at the post season. It paid off for that year alone, but squashed any movement on players for 2016. We had nothing left to bring up.

Also note, Donaldson is on the 10-day DL. Again. With Cleveland.

September 4, 2018 @ 12:02 PM

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