Josh Donaldson’s time with the Toronto Blue Jays appears to be up.
Donaldson cleared waivers on Friday, a necessary step for the Blue Jays to trade him by MLB’s midnight ET waiver trade deadline.
There’s been plenty of drama surrounding the possibility of a Donaldson trade this week, as he needed to prove he was healthy in order for the Blue Jays to trade him. The 32-year-old former MVP hasn’t played an MLB game since May 28, but returned to action this week on a rehab stint in Single-A Dunedin.
Donaldson played Tuesday, but sat out Wednesday due to soreness in his calves. Luckily for everyone involved, Donaldson returned on Thursday, hitting a home run in his first at bat.
The path is now clear to trade Donaldson, who is a free agent at season’s end, with two teams emerging as the favourites.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 31, 2018
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that Donaldson is likely to be dealt to either the Cleveland Indians or the St Louis Cardinals at some point today. Curtis Granderson is also likely to be on the move as well.