Cleveland adds third baseman Josh Donaldson

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Josh Donaldson is heading to the Cleveland Indians after he was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays.

The 2015 AL MVP was traded Friday night by Toronto to Cleveland, which is hoping a healthy Donaldson can bolster its lineup and help the club get back to the World Series.

With this trade, it will be interesting to see how the team and management go about the everyday roster.

Coincidentally, the Blue Jays and Indians face off during a four-game set at Rogers Centre beginning next Thursday, September 6th.

But an injury-dampened season and no real clarity on when he could return, quickly made Donaldson untradeable for Toronto until a well-timed return to action this week.

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Donaldson becomes the first MVP to wear an Indians uniform since Juan Gonzalez (a two-time victor for the Texas Rangers) spent a year with the club in 2001.

But when healthy he's still a difference-making right-handed power hitter, as evidenced by 33 home runs in 113 games (415 at-bats) past year, and Donaldson could theoretically play both corner infield spots.

He earned the 2015 AL most valuable player award after hitting.297 with 41 homers and 123 RBIs.

It was felt that the Blue Jays would try to deal Donaldson after last season, when his value was still relatively high.

It's a bitter ending to the Bringer of Rain's era as a Blue Jay.

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He belted three homers over 11 games during the 2015 post-season and hit.417 over nine playoff games in 2016 while posting an impressive 1.128 OPS (on-base plus slugging).

If he were not dealt, Toronto could have let Donaldson walk away for nothing.

Donaldson was owed $23 million this season, and has about $4 million remaining on his contract.

The danger in this scenario is that Donaldson would accept the offer which is not something the Blue Jays reportedly would like to happen. And they already have one of baseball's top offensive minor-league prospects in Vladimir Guerrero Jr. waiting to step in at third next season.

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