Report: Doesn’t appear Blue Jays will trade Donaldson in July

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Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

Entering the 2018 season, the Toronto Blue Jays‘ biggest trade chip was undoubtedly former MVP Josh Donaldson.

Due to nagging injuries that have limited the superstar to just 36 games this year, the Blue Jays have seen Donaldson’s trade value take a significant hit — especially considering he is eligible to hit free agency at season’s end.

According to a report from Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the Blue Jays still hope to deal Donaldson despite the diminished value. It doesn’t seem like a move before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline will come to fruition, but an August deal would still be possible.

The Jays seem to be anxiously awaiting Donaldson’s return to the active roster for two reasons — they want to make room for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who is playing again after a long stint on the disabled list, and they’re hoping to deal Donaldson. It doesn’t appear he’ll go before the non-waiver trading deadline, but there’s a distinct possibility he could be dealt in August if he clears waivers. At least that’s the Blue Jays’ hope.

Donaldson is slashing .234/.333/.423 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 137 at-bats this season. He has not appeared in a game since May 28 due to a calf issue.

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