The Toronto Blue Jays won’t consider trading Josh Donaldson unless they could find a trade that improves them for the 2018 season, sources tell FanRag Sports. Which is to say, he almost surely isn’t going anywhere.
There has been a lot of speculation about a deal for Donaldson, and it’s possible Toronto could look at trades this winter, but the reality is that he will stay put. Blue Jays people believe they can compete next year. And why not? They weren’t far out of the race this year, and they suffered more injuries to stars than anyone in the league, with Aaron Sanchez, Troy Tulowitzki, Devon Travis, J.A. Happ and Donaldson himself all missing significant time this year.
Heading into Thursday, Toronto was 64-76, last in the AL East and 8.5 games back of a wild card.
Toronto really does have a fine nucleus, and while Jose Bautista and Marco Estrada are among free agents following the season, most key guys are all back next year, including Donaldson, who has a .947 OPS in the second half.
Jays people also believe they’ll have more depth in the minors next year, which will fortify them for the inevitable injuries.
Donaldson was famously acquired by the Jays in November of 2014 from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Franklin Barreto, Kendall Graveman, Brett Lawrie and Sean Nolin. Since the deal, he has hit .282/.385/.550 with 103 home runs and 286 RBIs in nearly three seasons with Toronto, which include his 2015 MVP season. He finished fourth in MVP voting last season, but has struggled compared to those seasons in 2017. Coming into Thursday, he is hitting .254/.378/.519 with 25 home runs and 64 RBIs in 95 games.