Indians acquire former MVP Josh Donaldson

Report: Multiple teams interested in Josh Donaldson

The addition of Donaldson could potentially provide a much-needed boost to a Cleveland lineup that has struggled with injuries of its own, including to Lonnie Chisenhall, Tyler Naquin, and Leonys Martin.

Throughout his career, Donaldson has been one of the best power hitters in baseball, crushing 116 homers over the past four seasons in Toronto. Despite that, Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports has been told teams are showing interest. He appeared in his first rehab assignment on August 29, playing for the Blue Jays' High-A affiliate.

Buckle up. I fully expect Josh Donaldson to be a St. Louis Cardinal by the end of the day, and the price tag is gonna be bupkis.

In Donaldson's first year with Toronto, he hit a torrid.297 with 41 home runs and 122 runs batted in. Between 2015 and 2017 he averaged 37 home runs per year.

In a separate deal, the Blue Jays confirmed they had traded outfielder Curtis Granderson to the Milwaukee Brewers.

For his efforts, Donaldson was chosen the AL's most valuable player, just the second player in franchise history to get the award. After missing the last three months due to a calf injury, he practically limped out of town.

Donaldson made his big-league debut in 2010 and appeared in 14 games over two stints with Oakland. The ninth-inning blast to left field gave Toronto a 5-4 comeback win over Tampa Bay, putting a wild ending on an already tantalizing regular season, his first as a Blue Jay. Vlad Jr.is the building block of the Blue Jays' next wave of talented young stars and it simply didn't make sense to employ a former MVP and potentially a future MVP on the same team. He'll be ineligible to obtain a qualifying offer this off-season because of the trade.

He will be a free agent at year's end, though any sign of returning to his former prowess would certainly go a long way toward helping rebuild some of the value he's lost in 2018.

The danger in this scenario is that Donaldson would accept the offer which is not something the Blue Jays reportedly would like to happen. He is now on a minor league rehab assignment.

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