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Indians swing deal to get Josh Donaldson at deadline

Rob Bradford
September 01, 2018 - 1:00 am

CHICAGO -- A day after the Yankees made their final roster declaration, trading for outfielder Andrew McCutchen, another one of the Red Sox' chief competitors for the American League crown, the Indians, offered one final salvo before the waiver trade deadline.

Cleveland dealt for Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson prior to Friday's midnight deadline. The Blue Jays will get what could be a significant player to be named later, depending on Donaldson's participation. According to The Atheltic, the Blue Jays will pay $2.7 million of the remaining $4 million still owed Donaldson this season.

The 32-year-old third baseman, who will be eligible for free agency after the season, has been sidelined with shoulder and calf issues, not having played in a major league game since being removed from the Blue Jays' May 28 meeting with the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Donaldson hit .234 with five home runs and a .757 OPS in 36 games with the Blue Jays this season, is expected to start at third base for the Indians with Jose Ramirez sliding over to second base. Cleveland's current second baseman Jason Kipnis figures to be used as a utilityman, which would include time in the outfield.

The move certainly benefits Donaldson, who now doesn't run the risk of being extended a qualifying offer. If he remained in Toronto the Blue Jays would have undoubtedly tagged him with the qualifying offer, necessitating draft pick compensation from any team wanting to sign Donaldson.

The Indians are 20 games over .500 and 14 games ahead of the second-place Twins in the American League's Central Division.