ESPN’s Buster Olney predicts the Toronto Blue Jays won’t get much for Josh Donaldson, if they decide to move him by the non-waiver trade deadline.
As the Toronto Blue Jays continue to lose more than they win, their wild card chances are steadily slipping away, even at this stage of the season. And if the losing trend continues, the likelihood of them becoming sellers at the non-waiver trade deadline increases.
If and when the Blue Jays reach this position, thoughts will turn to who they will look to move by July 31. And number one on that list will probably be Josh Donaldson.
As things stand, Donaldson will become a free agent after the 2018 campaign. As such, Toronto would prefer to get something for him now, while he’s still around.
However, this brings us to the issue of what the Blue Jays could get in return for the 2015 AL MVP. Especially when teams will be well aware, he will available for nothing at the conclusion of this season.
In this respect, Buster Olney’s assessment that Toronto shouldn’t expect a big haul — if anything — in return for Donaldson, make a lot of sense. Discussing the situation on TSN 1050, the ESPN baseball columnist said:
"“The Royals are potentially going to sell Mike Moustakas, the Yankees could have Brandon Drury out there. And so if other teams don’t like the Blue Jays’ asking price on Donaldson, they’ll just move on.”More from Toronto Blue JaysBlue Jays avoid disaster as Kevin Gausman injury not seriousBlue Jays interested in outfielder Andrew BenintendiBlue Jays hope fresh start for Sergio Romo boosts bullpenBlue Jays need to have a break from Yusei KikuchiBlue Jays: Nate Pearson suffers yet another setback"
Other factors which will impact the trade value for Donaldson, include his age, struggles and injuries. In fact, these are issues the player himself will have to consider, especially if (when) he becomes a free agent after this season.
On the subject of injuries, the 32-year-old suffered another one on Monday night, when he exited the game against the Boston Red Sox with tightness in his left calf. He doesn’t seem too concerned himself, but the latest injury is yet another reminder he isn’t getting any younger.
This has been a tough season for Donaldson in general, with the various factors contributing to his loss of form. While the season is still (relatively) young, he is on course for his least productive year since 2012.
As a final word of caution for the three-time All-Star, look no further than his former teammate, Jose Bautista. If one of the greatest players in Blue Jays history can suffer a rapid decline in his form, health and reputation, then it can just as easily happen to anyone else, including Donaldson.
Do you think Donaldson will be moved by the Blue Jays by the non-waiver trade deadline? Regardless, do you believe he will be back in Southern Ontario next season? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.