3 impacts Josh Donaldson trade has on the Tribe

Report: Multiple teams interested in Josh Donaldson

The Josh Donaldson sweepstakes reportedly have come to an end.

From a financial standpoint, it's a low-risk maneuver for the Indians.

Although speculative, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com names RHP Julian Merryweather as a player "rumoured to be headed to Toronto".

"He's got a big heart and he's a special baseball player", Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of Donaldson, according to Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun.

The Indians don't quite know, however, when Donaldson will knock off the rust, round into form and contribute to the big-league club.

And it's not because of the way Toronto's front office has jerked around 2015 American League MVP Josh Donaldson.

Donaldson has played in just 36 games this year, as the third baseman is dealing with a nagging hamstring injury.

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It's been touch-and-go with the three-time All-Star this year, especially in light of his lengthy recovery from a calf injury sustained in late May.

The Blue Jays will play host to the Indians for a four-game set at Rogers Centre beginning Thursday. In the end, the season has been a mess for the Blue Jays and unloading Donaldson for a meagre return only drives that point home even more.

The Indians have not yet commented on the trade.

You can understand why teams would be interested in Donaldson if he's healthy, as he's only a year removed from hitting 33 home runs and batting.270.

It would be the Blue Jays' last postseason series win of the Donaldson era. That helped the Blue Jays reach their first AL East Division crown since 1993. Still, those are the only two times Donaldson has appeared in games since May, so he remains something of an unknown for 2018. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs as a supplemental first-round pick in 2007. He spent 2011 in the minors and split the 2012 campaign with the Athletics and their triple-A affiliate. He finished fourth in AL MVP voting after hitting.301 with 24 homers and 93 RBIs.

With files from Canadian Press sports reporters Gregory Strong and Melissa Couto.

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