Statistically Speaking: Jays get little return in Donaldson deal

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The Cleveland Indians acquired Josh Donaldson from the Toronto Blue Jays before the August 31 waiver deadline, according to Yahoo's Jeff Passan.

Now that Donaldson has officially started in on a rehab stint, however, a return to the field during the last month of the season doesn't seem entirely out of the question. Despite that, Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports has been told teams are showing interest. According to The Atheltic, the Blue Jays will pay $2.7 million of the remaining $4 million still owed Donaldson this season.

Now the return is nothing more than a PBTNL (player to be named later), and my guess is the value of the return will hinge on how much Donaldson actually plays.

The 32-year-old Donaldson was the league's top player in 2015, when he batted.297 with 41 homers and 123 RBIs.

Donaldson, who will be 33 in December, is coming off his worst year as a pro, though still is carrying a lifetime.275 average with an.873 OPS through 7 seasons (close to 6 years of service time) between Oakland and Toronto.

In a separate deal, the Blue Jays confirmed they had traded outfielder Curtis Granderson to the Milwaukee Brewers. He hit.234/.333/.423 for 36 games and has been on the shelf with a calf injury since late May.

For his efforts, Donaldson was chosen the AL's most valuable player, just the second player in franchise history to get the award.

The move, which had not been officially announced by the American League club, will no doubt be galling to supporters of the team as Donaldson will be joining Edwin Encarnacion, another former franchise icon who left after the 2016 season.

The three-time All-Star won't be eligible to receive a qualifying offer because of the trade, which means Donaldson will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season with no draft-pick compensation attached to him.

If he were not dealt, Toronto could have let Donaldson walk away for nothing.

It's a bitter ending to the Bringer of Rain's era as a Blue Jay. He is now on a minor league rehab assignment.

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