From a financial standpoint, it's a low-risk maneuver for the Indians. Hindsight always proves to be 20/20, but the Blue Jays likely could have had a king's ransom in exchange for their former AL MVP if they had traded him a year ago, or even this past winter. 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.
The Blue Jays are also picking up a portion of his salary, as Donaldson is owed close to $4 million over the final month of the regular season.
It really just straight up sucks that he'll depart from Toronto with things ending on a sour note in terms of his performance, the return the Blue Jays will get, and most importantly with his feelings toward the organization.
"I know everybody here wishes him well and, obviously, we want to beat Cleveland when they come into town next week, but hats off to them they got a great player".
When he has played, Donaldson has hit five home runs and his.757 OPS is his lowest since his 2012 rookie season. Between 2015 and 2017 he averaged 37 home runs per year.
Both Donaldson and Granderson are three-time All-Stars.
He led by example and wasn't afraid to voice his feelings. Donaldson spent the first four years of his career in Oakland.
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.
It would be the Blue Jays' last postseason series win of the Donaldson era.
He was eighth in the 2014 MVP vote, took 23 of 30 first-place votes in his 2015 victory, and was fourth in the 2016 vote.