Blue Jays: Potential trade partners for Josh Donaldson
The Cleveland Indians are a very possible landing spot for ‘The Bringer of Rain’. First of all, while Donaldson is on waivers, any team from the American League can place a claim on him, but in reverse order of record. If all non-contending teams pass on Donaldson, which is the logical outcome, then the Indians would be the first to claim Donaldson and have a chance to work out a trade with the Blue Jays, as they have the worst record among teams who are contending.
The 2016 American League Champions could certainly add one more potent bat in their lineup and move Jose Ramirez to second while pushing Jason Kipnis to a utility role. On top of that, Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro and General Manager Ross Atkins have ties to Cleveland and have good knowledge of Cleveland’s prospects.
The Indians were also one of the teams checking in on names like Manny Machado and Bryce Harper at the July trade deadline which suggests they were ready to make a splash in the trade market and acquire a big name.
The Cubs have their third baseman Kris Bryant on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation and his return isn’t expected anytime soon. He’s currently taking ‘dry swings’ which means he still isn’t in batting cages but is making some progress in his recovery. Shoulder issues can linger and the Cubs might want to look for a third baseman, even if it’s a risky one in Josh Donaldson, considering there is still no timetable for Bryant’s return from the disabled list. Although there isn’t any set date on Donaldson’s return yet, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him back with the team within a week or two as he’s already doing some base running.
If the Cubs were to acquire Josh Donaldson and Kris Bryant eventually made a return, they could perhaps give Bryant more playing time in left field where he has played before. It isn’t the best fit but the Cubs could certainly have some interest in acquiring ‘The Bringer of Rain’.