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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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