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Toronto Blue Jays trade Josh Donaldson with Cleveland Indians



Toronto Blue Jay's third baseman Josh Donaldson was traded to the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later on Friday night.

The American League MVP 2015 has tackled shoulder and calf injuries this season and has not played in Toronto since May 28th. In 36 games he beat .234 with five homers and 16 RBIs. On Thursday, Donaldson married in his first at-bat in the second game of his rehabilitation task for Class A Dunedin. He finished the night 1 to 3 after walking 1-for-2 with a walk and RBI on Tuesday

MVPs in the last 9 months

Won Trade
Giancarlo Stanton 201
7 NL
MIA to NYY
Andrew McCutchen 2013 NL SF to NYY
Josh Donaldson 2015 AL GATE to CLE

The Indians, who led the 14-game AL Central on June 14, begin a four-game series on Thursday in Toronto.

Donaldson closed the Blue Jays contract negotiations in February and said the sites had not seen anything. He will become a free agent in the offseason.

Donaldson is the third former MVP traded within the last nine months and the second traded on Friday after Andrew McCutchen

A player must be in a club by August 31 to qualify for the postseason.

Trading to Cleveland leads Donaldson with former Blue Jays team-mate Edwin Encarnacion

Donaldson, 32, has a .327-career strike rate against AL Central, his highest hit average against each division, as well as his 1,066 OPS.

He hit .270 with 33 homeruns and 78 RBIs, although he played in an injury-shortened season in just 113 games, he has 116 homers in his four seasons with Toronto and helped the Blue Jays in the AL Championship Series in 2015 and 2016 when she lost to the Indians.

Donaldson spent the first four years of his career at the Oakland Athletics and is a lifetime .275 hitter.

ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this report.


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