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Thriving Donaldson's return offers Blue Jays, Toronto chance to move on

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27.08.2019

A year ago this week, the Blue Jays traded Josh Donaldson and cash to Cleveland, ending weeks of speculation about a potential deal featuring the former MVP.

At the time, Donaldson was hurt, rehabbing a calf injury at Class-A Dunedin. Under those circumstances, the return was underwhelming: a player to be named later, who was eventually revealed to be right-hander Julian Merryweather.

Now, as Donaldson prepares to return to Toronto for the first time since the trade, he’s one of the National League’s most productive players. He ranks eighth in the NL in wins above replacement (4.5) and 10th in home runs (32) — familiar-looking numbers to those who watched Donaldson in Toronto.

For the next two days, the Blue Jays will again see that production first-hand. So what do we make of Donaldson’s resurgence? One year later, should we view the Blue Jays’ decision to trade him any differently? Or has enough time passed to finally move on?

With the benefit of hindsight, sure, the Blue Jays should have traded him after 2017 or even after 2016. We know now that the Blue Jays didn’t contend in 2017 or 2018. Along the way, there were chances to turn Donaldson into a meaningful prospect return (including Jack Flaherty, according to one report).

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