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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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According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cardinals "keeping 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. Dec 14 - 9:30 AM

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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.
Dec 12 - 6:43 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.
Nov 20 - 11:22 AM

Josh Donaldson is absent from the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

Among the Jays' regulars, Kendrys Morales and Russell Martin are also sitting out the finale. Darwin Barney is at third base.
Oct 1 - 11:50 AM

Josh Donaldson went 0-for-3 but drove in a run during Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

He lifted a sacrifice fly to left field that plated Ezequiel Carrera with the Blue Jay's only run of the afternoon. The former MVP third baseman struggled through an injury-plagued first half but has resumed his place among the game's most elite hitters since the All Star break. He has a .270/.385/.559 slash line with 33 home runs and 78 RBI despite missing nearly two months' worth of games this year.
Sep 30 - 4:22 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Cardinals "are expected to strongly pursue" Josh Donaldson this offseason.

The Cards were also connected to Donaldson for a time prior to the July 31 trade deadline. The fit makes sense from St. Louis' perspective, as they really need at least one big bat to add to their lineup and they could shift Jedd Gyorko to another position or just use him all over the infield. However, all indications have been that the Blue Jays intend to try competing in 2018, so they might wait to see where they are next July before considering dealing Donaldson or any other major asset. Donaldson leads the American League with 24 home runs since the All-Star break and is arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter.
Sep 29 - 11:48 AM

Josh Donaldson went 3-for-5 with a pair of solo homers off Boston's Chris Sale on Tuesday.

Donaldson is 6-for-8 with three homers the last two days. He has 10 homers in September after hitting 12 in the month of August. Let's not write him off as one of baseball's top five players just yet.
Sep 26 - 10:40 PM

Josh Donaldson went 3-for-3 with a homer and a walk Monday in the Blue Jays' 6-4 defeat of the Red Sox.

Donaldson's blistering finish to the 2017 campaign rolls on. He hit a solo shot off Blue Jays starter Drew Pomeranz in the top of the first, a two-run double off Pomeranz in the top of the second, and then he singled against reliever Carson Smith in the top of the seventh. Donaldson, a trade candidate this winter, has lifted his season OPS up to .935. He's sitting on 31 homers and 75 RBI in 109 games played.
Sep 25 - 10:26 PM

Josh Donaldson went a perfect 4-for-4 with two homers, a stolen base and four runs scored in the Blue Jays' 7-3 win over the Twins on Saturday.

Donaldson wasted little time greeting Adalberto Mejia back from the disabled list, jumping on a high fastball in the first inning and depositing it into the left field bleachers. He then bookended that homer with another solo job in the ninth, this one just out of the reach of center fielder Byron Buxton. The 31-year-old now has 28 homers, 69 RBI and 56 runs scored to go with a .266/.389/.542 line in 101 games. Injuries limited his availability earlier this season, but Donaldson is looking to finish strong ahead of a hopefully more productive 2018 season.
Sep 16 - 11:50 PM

Josh Donaldson went 3-for-5 with a homer and a double to lead the Blue Jays to a 4-3 win over the Twins on Friday.

Donaldson, who missed time last week with an illness, had been in a little 3-for-22 slump his previous six games (two before sitting out, four since returning). Tonight's homer was his 26th in 354 at-bats this year.
Sep 16 - 12:03 AM

Josh Donaldson (illness) went 0-for-2 with two walks in his return to action Monday against the Orioles.

Donaldson missed four straight starts while battling a stomach bug, but he should be find moving forward. After a monster August, Donaldson is batting .192 (5-for-26) with two homers, six RBI, and six walks to start September.
Sep 12 - 9:17 AM

Josh Donaldson (illness) remained out of the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

Donaldson has now missed three straight starts due to a nasty stomach bug. Darwin Barney will cover third base.
Sep 10 - 10:50 AM

Josh Donaldson (illness) remained out of the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

Donaldson was a late scratch from Friday's lineup due to an illness that's going around the Jays' clubhouse and he's still feeling under the weather on Saturday. Darwin Barney will start in his place at the hot corner and bat seventh against Chad Bell and the Tigers.
Sep 9 - 12:45 PM

Josh Donaldson was scratched from the Blue Jays' lineup Friday due to illness.

A bug has been going around the Jays' clubhouse and Donaldson has caught it. He should be ready in a day or two. Richard Urena has been added to the lineup in his place and will play shortstop, while Darwin Barney will slide over to third base.
Sep 8 - 4:44 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that the Blue Jays "won’t consider trading Josh Donaldson unless they could find a trade that improves them for the 2018 season."

As Heyman notes, that probably means the star third baseman "almost surely isn’t going anywhere" this winter. Although the Blue Jays have disappointed in 2017, they think they still have the pieces to contend in 2018 so they're not going to give up Donaldson unless they get major league-ready assets in return. That makes finding a trade partner difficult. Hanging on to Donaldson this offseason before re-assessing at next year's deadline makes sense for Toronto.
Sep 8 - 11:07 AM