Blue Jays trade Josh Donaldson to Cleveland: reports

Josh Donaldson, a former American League MVP who hasn't played in the majors since May 28 due to a left calf strain, reportedly was dealt from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Cleveland Indians on Friday.

Multiple media outlets reported Wednesday that the Blue Jays placed the 32-year-old third baseman on waivers, and Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reported Friday evening that a deal was completed with the Indians.


It was not immediately known what Toronto received in the trade.

If Donaldson is on Cleveland's 40-man roster as of Aug. 31, he would be eligible for post-season play with his new team.

Donaldson made two rehab appearances for high Class-A Dunedin this week, going 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI on Tuesday, then 1-for-3 with a solo homer on Thursday.

The 2015 American League MVP has played in just 36 major league games for Toronto this season, hitting .234 with five home runs and 16 RBIs. He is making $ 23 million US this year before becoming a free agent in the off-season.

Watch Donaldson receive the AL MVP award:

George Bell presents the award to the Toronto Blue Jays 3rd baseman. 1:39

Donaldson is in the midst of his second disabled-list stint of the season. Talk that he might be dealt ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline died down when he remained sidelined.

A three-time all-star, Donaldson owns a career .275 average with 179 home runs and 544 RBIs in eight major league seasons. He broke into the majors with the Oakland A's in 2010 as a catcher/first baseman. He was dealt to Toronto in a November 2014 deal that sent infielders Brett Lawrie and Franklin Barreto and pitchers Kendall Graveman and Sean Nolin to Oakland.

Donaldson had hit 30-plus home runs three years in a row entering this season, including 41 during his MVP campaign.

Granderson​ to Brewers

The Jays also traded Curtis Granderson, 37, to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

In exchange Toronto received 21-year-old Demi Orimoloye, a minor-league outfielder from Orleans, Ont.

Granderson joined the Jays on a one-year deal in January for $ 5 million US.

This year Granderson has hit .243 with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs through 103 games. 

While Orimoloye has hit .247 in single-A, including 12 home runs and 55 RBIs in 125 games.


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