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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
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Josh Donaldson had a nice night Friday against the Indians, going 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two walks, and two runs scored.
Donaldson was batting leadoff for the first time in his career and took Carlos Carrasco deep to begin the ballgame. With these results, we could see more of this while Jose Reyes (rib) is sidelined. Donaldson is off to a great start with his new team, batting .330/.390/.585 with six homers and 17 RBI through 24 games. May 1 - 10:28 PM

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Josh Donaldson had a big night at the dish, going 3-for-5 with a walk, an RBI single, and a solo home run in a slugfest win versus the Red Sox.

Donaldson was in the middle of the Blue Jays' five-run third inning -- a response to the Red Sox scoring four times in the second -- then bashed a solo home run to extend his team's lead to 11-8 in the ninth inning. Donaldson has been even better than the Jays expected when they acquired him in an offseason trade with the Athletics, as he's batting .349/.402/.602 with five home runs and 16 RBI.
Apr 28 - 10:26 PM

Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with a walk and a pair of doubles in Tuesday's rout of the Orioles.

Donaldson doubled in a run to cap off a six-run second inning for the Jays. He now has six multi-hit games in his last eight starts, three of which have been of the three-hit variety. Along with three home runs and 11 RBI, Donaldson boasts an impressive .345/.403/.600 triple-slash line.
Apr 21 - 10:07 PM

Josh Donaldson blasted a walk off home run leading off the tenth inning on Saturday, propelling the Blue Jays to a 6-5 victory over the Braves.

Donaldson belted his first two homers of the season on Friday and carried that power surge right over through Saturday's contest. He finished the afternoon 3-for-4 and also scored a pair of runs, and is now hitting an impressive .340/.396/.596 with 10 RBI on the year.
Apr 18 - 4:15 PM

Josh Donaldson blasted his first two home runs as a member of the Blue Jays in a losing effort against the Braves on Friday.

Both of Donaldson's bombs came courtesy of Braves starter Julio Teheran, a two-run job in the third inning and a solo shot in the fifth. In all, the Jays launched five home runs on Friday, with Russell Martin knocking two over the wall as well and Devon Travis chipping in a solo homer. Donaldson is off to a strong start with his new squad, hitting .302/.354/.512 with nine RBI.
Apr 17 - 10:30 PM

Josh Donaldson went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI as the Blue Jays beat the Rays 12-7 on Wednesday.

Donaldson had his nice game tonight as a No. 2 hitter. That was supposed to be Russell Martin's spot, but the Jays have already soured on him there. It fell to Dalton Pompey next. Donaldson is probably the best option of all, though, and it'd help his fantasy value if manager John Gibbons settles on him.
Apr 15 - 11:17 PM

Josh Donaldson went 0-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Orioles.

After a smoldering spring in which he hit .327 with six home runs and 12 RBI, Donald's slipped into a cold spell to start the regular season. He's currently hitting .222/.286/.278 and has picked up just four hits in 18 at-bats. Fantasy owners shouldn't panic at such an early stage, though. Donaldson's one of the best hitters in the game and will be posting monster numbers in a potent Toronto offense by the end of the season.
Apr 11 - 10:26 PM

Josh Donaldson went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI as the Jays routed the Reds 9-1 in Montreal.

Donaldson finishes another fine spring with a .327 average, six homers and 12 RBI. He'll be in the running for baseball's best No. 5 hitter while batting behind Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.
Apr 4 - 4:27 PM

Josh Donaldson hit his fourth homer of the spring Sunday off the Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez.

It's the first time he's hit four spring homers in his career. Donaldson is batting .318 in 44 at-bats.
Mar 29 - 4:23 PM

Josh Donaldson homered off David Buchanan as part of the Blue Jays' 4-2 win over the Phillies on Saturday.

Donaldson would hit third or fourth for most teams around baseball, but the Blue Jays have him penciled into the fifth spot behind Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. That still figures to leave him with a ton of RBI opportunities, but he probably won't score as many runs as hoped.
Mar 7 - 3:57 PM

Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson has been awarded $4.3 million through arbitration.

He requested $5.75 million when figures were exchanged last month, but the ruling went in favor of the team's lower offer. Acquired from the A's via trade earlier this offseason, Donaldson has batted .277/.363/.477 with 53 homers over the last two seasons while playing Gold Glove-quality defense.
Feb 13 - 12:34 PM

The Blue Jays and Josh Donaldson went to an arbitration hearing on Thursday.

Donaldson requested a $5.75 million salary for 2015 and was offered $4.3 million by the Blue Jays when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. Toronto is known as a "file and trial" team, so they left it up to a three-person panel of arbitrators to decide. We should have a result by Friday.
Feb 12 - 4:19 PM

Josh Donaldson requested $5.75 million and was offered $4.3 million by the Blue Jays when arbitration figures were exchanged.

MLBTradeRumors.com 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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Devon Travis
2Maicer Izturis
SS1Jose Reyes
2Ryan Goins
3Jonathan Diaz
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Kevin Pillar
CF1Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Drew Hutchison
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Aaron Sanchez
5Marco Estrada
6Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brett Cecil
2Miguel Castro
3Aaron Loup
4Preston Guilmet
5Roberto Osuna
6Liam Hendriks
7Jeff Francis
8Andrew Albers