Blue Jays trade Josh Donaldson to Indians

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The Toronto Blue Jays have sent 2015 American League MVP Josh Donaldson to the Cleveland Indians.

Josh Donaldson provided Blue Jays fans with many memorable moments over his four-year stint with the team.

But when healthy he's still a difference-making right-handed power hitter, as evidenced by 33 home runs in 113 games (415 at-bats) a year ago, and Donaldson could theoretically play both corner infield spots. Despite that, Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports has been told teams are showing interest.

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Even if the veteran third baseman played out the rest of the season of Toronto, it was highly unlikely he'd return anyway.

Toronto went into the 2015 post-season - its first playoff appearance since 1993 - on a dramatic note when Donaldson hit a solo walk-off homer against the Tampa Bay Rays in the regular-season finale at Rogers Centre. He has 179 career homers in eight seasons, hitting.275 for his career.

The 32-year-old joins his former teammate Edwin Encarnacion in Cleveland, who statistically have the second-best lineup in the American League East this year (only the Red Sox have a higher team average).

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Lawrie, also primarily a third baseman, is now out of the game; Nolin has not pitched in the majors since 2015; Graveman underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this season and is out for at least a year; and Barreto has played in just 23 games for Oakland in 2018. Outfielder George Bell won in 1987. After a couple of fielding misplays and an error from the Rangers, Donaldson made arguably the most famous dash to home plate in Blue Jays history and used his heads-up base running to seal Toronto's berth in the 2016 ALCS.

It's been touch-and-go with the three-time All-Star this year, especially in light of his lengthy recovery from a calf injury sustained in late May.

The trade deadline in Major League Baseball is long gone. He'll be ineligible to obtain a qualifying offer this off-season because of the trade.

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Making $23-million this season, Donaldson looked like he would have a chance to cash in as a free agent at season's end, but this injury-marred campaign will likely have a diminishing effect on his market value.

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