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Source: Red Sox among teams upset at handling of Josh Donaldson trade between Indians, Jays

John Tomase
September 09, 2018 - 7:24 pm

The Red Sox are among the teams upset by the trade that sent former MVP Josh Donaldson to the Indians from the Jays on Aug. 31, a source tells's Rob Bradford, confirming a report in The Athletic.

The story is a little convoluted, but the gist of it is the Jays traded Donaldson while he was injured, but after MLB had warned teams he was damaged goods. This kept any clubs from. claiming him and the roughly $4 million remaining on his salary, which allowed him to clear waivers.

The Indians acquired him on Aug. 31 and immediately placed him back on the disabled list with a calf injury. Normally, a player moved in such fashion would have to join his new team's active roster, but an exception was made. This came on the heels of Donaldson telling reporters he was not healthy enought to make his second rehab appearance, which should've resulted in the Jays pulling him off waivers. However, that game was rained out and Donaldson played the next night, so he never technically missed a game.

The fear among other AL contenders is that Donaldson will recover enough to help the Indians in the postseason. He has been limited to 36 games this year and is hitting just .234 with five homers, but he's a year removed from slamming 33 homers and was named AL MVP only three years ago.

Had he been moved after Aug. 31, he wouldn't be eligible for the postseason and this wouldn't be a story, but he wasn't, so it is.