Published: Sun, September 02, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Indians acquire Blue Jays star Donaldson

Indians acquire Blue Jays star Donaldson

The Toronto Blue Jays third baseman, who has played in just 36 games this season due to injury, is staying in the American League, as the Cleveland Indians acquired the slugger, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo!

Good luck to Josh and welcome to Cleveland!

Although Manager Terry Francona has already said that he does not want to move Ramirez back to second base at this point in the season, the acquisition of Donaldson gives him more options at second base and third base. Slowed by the calf injury, Donaldson batted.234 with five homers and 16 RBIs this year for the Blue Jays.

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.

Granderson, who signed a one-year, $5-million deal in January, was hitting.243 with 11 home runs and a.769 OPS through 103 games with the Blue Jays. When the team was scuffling early in 2015, Donaldson told reporters after a loss that "this isn't the try league, this is the get it done league".

Donaldson becomes the first MVP to wear an Indians uniform since Juan Gonzalez (a two-time victor for the Texas Rangers) spent a year with the club in 2001.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays effectively turn the page by dealing one of their last key players during their magical 2015-2016 postseason drives. That helped the Blue Jays reach their first AL East Division crown since 1993. "But we feel we've built that in appropriately with the structure of the deal and spent quite a bit of time talking with the Blue Jays on how we appropriately balance that risk". Still, those are the only two times Donaldson has appeared in games since May, so he remains something of an unknown for 2018. He has been out since May 28 with a calf injury. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs as a supplemental first-round pick in 2007.

With files from Canadian Press sports reporters Gregory Strong and Melissa Couto.

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