Multiple teams interested in Josh Donaldson

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Verdict: There's no way to spin this positively for the Blue Jays.

After much speculation, the Blue Jays pulled the trigger on a trade that was percolating for days.

Donaldson joined Toronto in 2015, winning the AL MVP in his first year with the Blue Jays.

Donaldson's first step onto the trade block began earlier this week with a rehab assignment at single-A Dunedin.

The three-time All-Star last suited up for Toronto on May 28, missing the last three months with a strained left calf muscle.

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It's also a shame for other reasons as well, mainly the return the Blue Jays received from Cleveland, or lack thereof. Now that Donaldson is gone, it leaves only a handful of holdovers from those Blue Jays rosters.

In an exclusive interview with the Toronto Sun, Donaldson was asked about the team's reported decision to place him on waivers.

It's sad and unfortunate that the Donaldson era had to end this way.

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The Tribe acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson over from the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade made just before tonight's waiver deadline.

Donaldson has not appeared in an Major League Baseball game since May 28 because of a lingering calf issue, and he's still owed around $4 million this season. Still, those are the only two times Donaldson has appeared in games since May, so he remains something of an unknown for 2018.

Donaldson enjoyed another solid season in 2016 and helped the Blue Jays to a second consecutive playoff appearance before injuries started taking a toll.

If he's claimed, there's no chance the Blue Jays will pull him back and keep him and according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the St. Louis Cardinals have emerged as a lead suitor going into Friday night's midnight Eastern deadline for postseason eligibility.

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