The club has stated on numerous occasions recently that it intends to compete in 2018. Regarding Donaldson, general manager Ross Atkins said last month that “if we’re thinking about making this organization better every day, it’s really hard to imagine making it better without Josh. The team, as it stands, would be extremely difficult to make better — he’s one of the best players in the game.”
Still, that hasn’t stopped the hot stove rumours from persisting.
The St. Louis Cardinals have reportedly been in heavy pursuit of Donaldson for much of the off-season, despite constant rebuffs from the Blue Jays.
Donaldson, 32, will become a free agent at the end of the upcoming season. The former American League MVP has posted 28 wins above replacement since 2014, leading all MLB third baseman during that span.