Josh Donaldson traded to Indians

Heather Diaz
September 1, 2018

Maybe the most memorable of Donaldson's late-game heroics came in a late September game against the Tampa Bay Rays with the Blue Jays closing in on their first playoff birth since 1993.

The Indians entered play Friday with a 76-57 record.

Third baseman Josh Donaldson has cleared waivers, according to reports, clearing the way for the Blue Jays to trade him to any team before midnight tonight.

Donaldson was the American League MVP in 2015. In fact, the Blue Jays have probably sent an armored limousine to their Spring facility in Dunedin to pick him up and requested a police escort to get him to the Delta ticket counter at Tampa's airport - ready to buy a ticket to an unknown location.

Donaldson is considered the most impactful bat now available to contenders looking to strengthen their lineup down the stretch.

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The dinger completed a sweep of the always-pesky Rays and lowered Toronto's magic number to clinch to four games.

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

It's a bitter ending to the Bringer of Rain's era as a Blue Jay.

The three-time All-Star last suited up for Toronto on May 28, missing the last three months with a strained left calf muscle. 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. Now that Donaldson is gone, it leaves only a handful of holdovers from those Blue Jays rosters. This was the Blue Jays last opportunity to get something - however minute that was - in exchange for Donaldson. "When it comes down to it, there's going to be a time that we can talk about it".

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