Though his tenure ends anticlimactically, the acquisition of Donaldson for Franklin Barreto, Kendall Graveman, Brett Lawrie and Sean Nolin in November 2014 remains one of the best in recent memory.
For Donaldson this represents a best case scenario for the rest of the season as well. According to The Atheltic, the Blue Jays will pay $2.7 million of the remaining $4 million still owed Donaldson this season.
A parting of ways is imminent and after it looked like they wouldn't be able to, Toronto can get something for Donaldson at the 11th hour. After a couple of fielding misplays and an error from the Rangers, Donaldson made arguably the most famous dash to home plate in Blue Jays history and used his heads-up base running to seal Toronto's berth in the 2016 ALCS.
The Indians sent a player to be named to the Blue Jays for cash considerations and Donaldson, who has been limited to 36 games this season because of injuries.
As Morosi writes, "sources say the Cardinals have emerged as a suitor for Donaldson because of infield injuries of their own".
It would be the Blue Jays' last postseason series win of the Donaldson era.
When he has played, Donaldson has hit five home runs and his.757 OPS is his lowest since his 2012 rookie season. But the club made the gross miscalculation that it would be a contender this year and chose to roll the dice that the third baseman would return to form.
If he were not dealt, Toronto could have let Donaldson walk away for nothing. He'll be ineligible to obtain a qualifying offer this off-season because of the trade.
The danger in this scenario is that Donaldson would accept the offer which is not something the Blue Jays reportedly would like to happen.
When healthy, Donaldson played MVP-calibre baseball for the Blue Jays during his short tenure in Toronto. And they already have one of baseball's top offensive minor-league prospects in Vladimir Guerrero Jr. waiting to step in at third next season.