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Josh Donaldson | Third Baseman

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Josh Donaldson requested $5.75 million and was offered $4.3 million by the Blue Jays when arbitration figures were exchanged. projected Donaldson to earn $4.5 million in his first year of arbitration. The gap between the two numbers is pretty sizable, so obviously significant ground will have to be made up in order to avoid a hearing next month. Jan 16 - 5:11 PM

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Blue Jays acquired 3B Josh Donaldson from the Athletics for INF Brett Lawrie, RHP Kendall Graveman, LHP Sean Nolin and SS Franklin Barreto.

While it isn't surprising that the 28-year-old slugger was available via trade, the return package does seem a bit underwhelming for a player of his caliber. With the move to the homer-happy Blue Jays and a much more favorable home ballpark, Donaldson stands to see an increase to his offensive game, and that's after .277/.363/.477 with 53 long balls the past two seasons. He'll join with Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion to form one of the most prolific trios in baseball.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 10:56:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Blue Jays will acquire Josh Donaldson from the Athletics for Brett Lawrie, Sean Nolin, Kendall Graveman and Franklin Barreto.

It's unclear at the moment if there are any other players involved or money changing hands in the deal. The 28-year-old Donaldson was the core of the Athletics offense and was under team control through the 2018 season, coming off of a .255/.342/.456 slash line with 29 homers and 98 RBI in 2014.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 09:55:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the A's do not plan to trade Josh Donaldson this winter.

Donaldson is arbitration-eligible for the first time and should score a nice amount of money after his excellent 2013 and 2014 campaigns, but the A's fully intend to compete again in 2015 and the 28-year-old third baseman will remain a big part of that. Oakland is much more likely to deal from its pitching depth to free up payroll space.
Source: FOX Sports
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 05:57:00 PM

Josh Donaldson said Monday that his left knee feels more stable than it has over the past couple of days.

Donaldson didn't test the knee with much running on Monday, but he's expected to be in the lineup for Tuesday's Wild Card game against the Royals. His knee has been an issue for most of the second half.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 05:50:00 PM

Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with a home run in the A's loss to the Rangers on Saturday.

Donaldson was a late-insertion to the A's starting lineup after banging both of his knees on Friday and he looked gimpy running the bases on Saturday night in Texas. But his production at the plate remained unchanged. He slugged a solo shot in the top of the first inning and later added two singles. The star third baseman is batting .257/.344/.459 with 29 homers and 98 RBI in 157 games this season.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 11:36:00 PM

Josh Donaldson (knee) is in the Athletics' starting lineup Saturday versus the Rangers.

Donaldson banged up both of his knees in a victory against the Rangers Friday, but he is obviously feeling better. The third baseman is batting .253/.342/.452 with 28 home runs and 97 RBI this year for the A's.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 04:44:00 PM

Josh Donaldson said after Friday's game that he banged his knees during a victory over the Rangers, but that his hamstring is fine.

Donaldson appeared to suffer a re-aggravation of his hamstring injury when diving for a ball on Friday, so it's encouraging news to hear that he merely banged his knees. Look for him to be back in the A's lineup on Saturday.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 11:44:00 PM

Josh Donaldson went 0-for-2 with three walks and a run scored in Monday's 8-4 win against the Angels.

He has reached base seven times across 11 plate appearances, and scored four runs, over the past 48 hours. He won't come close to matching the raw efficiency of last year's breakout season (.301/.384/.499), but Donaldson totes a solid .254/.341/.457 slash line and will reach the 100-RBI plateau if he can drive in three more by sundown on Sunday. His WAR (currently 7.1) isn't even going to finish one game below 2013's total of 8.0; the A's have a keeper.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 01:41:00 AM

Josh Donaldson came up big for the A's Sunday, hitting a two-run, walk-off homer in the 10th inning to defeat the Phillies 8-6.

Donaldson had singled twice and scored twice in the game prior to coming up with a man on in the 10th inning. He proceeded to take Phillies reliever Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez deep to send everyone home happy. Donaldson now has 28 home runs, 97 RBI and 89 runs scored this year. Three more RBI over the final week will represent Donaldson's first ever 100-RBI season.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 09:58:00 PM

Josh Donaldson went off Tuesday, going 5-for-6 with four RBI and two runs scored in the Athletics' 11-2 beatdown of the White Sox.

Donaldson pounded a two-run double in the fifth inning before driving in two more runs with a single in the ninth. The five-hit game was the first of Donaldson's career. It was needed, too -- he had just three hits in 29 September at-bats coming into the game. His 93 RBI ties a career high he set last season, and Donaldson is batting .257/.345/.459 overall.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 12:17:00 AM

Josh Donaldson went 0-for-5 and struck out four times Monday in the loss to the White Sox.

The rest of the A's struck out a total of three times in 40 plate appearances tonight, which shows just what kind of game Donaldson had. He's driven in just one run in his last 10 games and five in his last 23 while the A's have put their postseason spot in serious jeopardy.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 11:55:00 PM

Josh Donaldson hit a solo home run in the sixth inning of the A's 4-3 loss to the Angels on Thursday.

Donaldson hit the bomb off of Angels starter C.J. Wilson. He also doubled in the contest, finishing 2-for-3 with one RBI and two walks. He has 88 RBI to go with the 26 long balls. While Donaldson's average is down from his breakout 2013 campaign (.256 this year vs .301 in 2013), he's been an integral part of the A's offense this season, having already set a career high in home runs. He's also on-pace to set a career high for RBI. On the year, he's slashing .256/.346/.471.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 02:03:00 AM

Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and a stolen base Monday in his return to the starting lineup.

Donaldson didn't play Sunday because of a sore left knee. It was kind of odd to see him attempting a steal with the bad wheel, but it seems it didn't do any damage. Before the nice game tonight he hadn't scored or driven in a run in nine games since Aug. 12.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 11:37:00 PM

Josh Donaldson (knee) is back in Monday's lineup against the Astros.

Donaldson was held out of Sunday's lineup after experiencing discomfort in his left knee, but an MRI ruled out any structural damage. He'll try to play through it.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 04:31:00 PM