Major League Baseball trade rumors: Blue Jays place Josh Donaldson on waivers

Major League Baseball trade rumors: Blue Jays place Josh Donaldson on waivers

Major League Baseball trade rumors: Blue Jays place Josh Donaldson on waivers

In the end, the Class-A game was rained out, with a doubleheader scheduled for Thursday and his status for those games undetermined.

Throughout his career, Donaldson has been one of the best power hitters in baseball, crushing 116 homers over the past four seasons in Toronto. He also played five innings at third base and seemed to emerge with no ill effects, clearing the way to put him on revocable waivers on Wednesday. Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that Donaldson was held out of Wednesday's lineup due to soreness in his calves and legs.

Donaldson will turn 33 this offseason, and the Blue Jays will have to make him a qualifying offer of around $17 million if they choose to go that route.

Other teams can claim players on waivers for 48 hours.

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For players to be eligible for postseason action, they must be on their team's 40-man roster by August 31.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, citing major-league sources, reported that the Jays "want Donaldson gone". The process will be complete before Friday's deadline.

The surging St. Louis Cardinals have always been speculated as a logical destination for Donaldson, though Derrick Goold of the St. Louis-Dispatch cautions that the Cards were not among the teams that sent a scout to check out his first rehab game.

In 36 games this season, all occurring between the start of the season and late May, the 32-year-old Donaldson hit.234/.333/.423 with five home runs and 16 RBI.

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