Report: Blue Jays to place Josh Donaldson on waivers Wednesday

MLB insider Jon Morosi calls in to The Jeff Blair Show to discuss Josh Donaldson's waiver situation.

The Toronto Blue Jays will place Josh Donaldson on revocable waivers Wednesday, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

If Donaldson is claimed, the Blue Jays can negotiate a trade with that team, let him walk for nothing or pull Donaldson back from waivers. Should the 32-year-old clear waivers, Toronto could deal him to any team, and he would be post-season eligible if he’s moved by Aug. 31.

Whichever way it happens, it’s looking increasingly likely Donaldson’s time in Toronto is nearing its end. As per Rosenthal, “the Jays want Donaldson gone.”

They would rather look at other third basemen in September (but no, probably not Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., as explained below). And they will not want to make Donaldson a qualifying offer between $17 million and $18 million in November and risk him returning for his age-33 season.

Donaldson has been out of the Blue Jays lineup since May 28, but started a rehab assignment in Dunedin on Tuesday night. He had an RBI single and a walk in three at-bats and played five innings at third base.

In 36 games for Toronto this season, the former American League MVP hit .234/.333/.423 with five home runs and 16 RBIs.


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