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Josh Donaldson | Third Baseman | #20

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Auburn
Drafted: 2007 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / CHC
Contract: view contract details

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Josh Donaldson had a single in three at-bats in his return to Toronto's lineup on Friday.
Donaldson sat out the previous few days with some calf soreness. Mar 16 - 5:44 PM

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Josh Donaldson (calf) expects to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.

Donaldson began feeling some discomfort in his calf last weekend, which raised some red flags because he missed the early part of the 2017 season due to a calf strain, but this particular ailment was apparently just cramps. "It’s getting ridiculous ... It’s not an issue," he told the media Thursday morning. "Have you ever had a cramp?" The feisty veteran should be 100 percent for the start of the 2018 regular season.
Mar 15 - 8:36 AM

Josh Donaldson is dealing with a calf injury, per Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.

Donaldson battled a calf strain last spring and it crept into the early part of the 2017 regular season, so there's reason to be concerned. "Not sure," Gibbons said when asked about a possible return date. "Next few days, I would think. We’ll see." It's definitely something worth monitoring with Opening Day fast approaching.
Mar 13 - 4:59 PM

Josh Donaldson was forced to leave Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers due to dehydration.

The Jays' are calling his exit precautionary and said that he was only scheduled to get two at-bats in the game. This doesn't sound like it should be an issue going forward.
Mar 10 - 2:23 PM

Josh Donaldson made his first start at third base Tuesday and went 1-for-1 with a walk.

Donaldson had been limited to DH duties because of some apparent shoulder fatigue.
Mar 6 - 3:57 PM

Blue Jays' manager John Gibbons said Saturday that Josh Donaldson will make his debut at third base on Tuesday.

Gibbons noted that Donaldson's shoulder has been "hanging a little bit" this spring, but it doesn't sound like it's a major concern. The 32-year-old is entering the final season of his contract after slashing .270/.385/.559 with 33 homers and 78 RBI in 113 games during the 2017 season.
Mar 3 - 10:31 AM

Josh Donaldson said he has had preliminary talks with the Blue Jays about a contract extension, but that he wants to focus on the season and expects to become a free agent.

Donaldson didn't rule out the possibility that extension talks could "ramp back up" at some point, but he appears resigned to testing his luck on the open market following the 2018 season. It should be an interesting free agent case, as he's going to be 33 years old in December. Donaldson batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 homers and 78 RBI over 113 games last season.
Feb 19 - 2:43 PM

Josh Donaldson said Saturday he hasn't been in contact with the Blue Jays about a possible contract extension.

Donaldson has interest in a long-term deal with the club, but it hasn't been reciprocated, at least to the third baseman's knowledge. "To my knowledge, there hasn't been [any talks] up to this point," he said Saturday. "I think it will be a fluid situation at some point, it's just not now." The Jays are reported to have been approached about the impending free agent, but no talks have progressed to the point of being serious. Donaldson will make $23 million in 2018.
Jan 20 - 6:07 PM

Blue Jays and 3B Josh Donaldson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $23 million contract.

The $23 million figure is a record for an arbitration-eligible player. It was reported by's Jon Morosi last week that the Blue Jays and Donaldson were not engaged in any active long-term extension talks, so it appears that the former MVP will be allowed to hit free agency next winter. Toronto seems intent on keeping Donaldson heading into the season, but he'll be a hot trade candidate in July if they fall out of contention.
Jan 12 - 11:25 AM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Blue Jays are not engaged in any active trade talks involving Josh Donaldson.

This essentially confirms a two-week-old report from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, which stated that the Jays no longer had intentions of moving Donaldson this offseason. There was heavy interest from the Cardinals and probably a few other teams, but Toronto wants to reward its loyal fan base by trying to compete in 2018, at least to open the season. The club has finished first in attendance in the American League two years in a row and there is some good talent on the roster, though the Yankees and Red Sox look far better on paper. Donaldson, due to become a free agent next winter, will likely be dealt over the summer if the Blue Jays fall out of contention.
Jan 4 - 10:50 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports the Blue Jays are unlikely to trade third baseman Josh Donaldson despite rumors to the contrary.

The Cardinals have been pursuing a trade for Donaldson in recent weeks but the Blue Jays are not inclined to move him. Toronto won only 76 games in 2017 and the club has subsequently witnessed its division rivals, the Red Sox and Yankees, making key offseason moves to even further distance themselves from the pack. But the Blue Jays still apparently feel they are talented enough to make a strong run for the postseason. They are banking on healthy bounceback campaigns from shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and catcher Russell Martin to keep them in the race. Donaldson will be a free agent at the conclusion of the upcoming season, meaning the Blue Jays are likely to trade their perennial MVP candidate if they fall out of contention over the summer.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 11:00:00 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Cardinals have been pursuing Josh Donaldson "much stronger" than Manny Machado.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has also reported previously that Cards "keep pushing" for Donaldson even though the Blue Jays haven't shown much of a desire to trade him. Nightengale notes that part of St. Louis' apparent preference for Donaldson over Machado is that they think they'd have a much better chance to sign the former to a long-term extension. Both third basemen are set for free agency after the 2018 campaign.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 05:35:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cardinals "keep pushing for" Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson.

Rosenthal adds, however, that the Blue Jays "remain disinclined to move Donaldson" because they want to compete in 2018. The asking price is high and there is no indication that a deal is close. St. Louis has its toe in the water on a bunch of different potential upgrades and it sounds like there might be a better match with the Rays. Evan Longoria, Alex Colome, and Chris Archer are the names the Cardinals have discussed with Tampa Bay.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 09:30:00 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cardinals have spoken to the Blue Jays about a Josh Donaldson trade at this week's Winter Meetings.

Rosenthal says there is no indication that a deal is close and adds that the Blue Jays are "seemingly bullish" about keeping Donaldson and making other upgrades to their roster for 2018. St. Louis has been connected to just about every impact bat on the trade market this winter, including Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich of the Marlins and Manny Machado of the Orioles. The Cardinals also made a serious run at Giancarlo Stanton before he used his no-trade clause to force a move to the Yankees.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 06:43:00 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Blue Jays haven't made a "formal" multi-year extension offer to Josh Donaldson this offseason.

It doesn't mean they won't. Donaldson still has one more year of arbitration remaining, so the Blue Jays will surely discuss the topic at that time. However, if no progress is made, the team might need to ask themselves some tough questions about the future. There's a strong argument to be made about dealing him for prospects and shifting into a rebuild.
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 11:22:00 AM

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1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Yangervis Solarte
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Aledmys Diaz
3Richard Urena
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Curtis Granderson
2Steve Pearce
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CF1Kevin Pillar
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RF1Randal Grichuk
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