It's been touch-and-go with the three-time All-Star this year, especially in light of his lengthy recovery from a calf injury sustained in late May. There's a good chance he's got some very productive years left before he's done, and the Blue Jays lack of interest in retaining him was more about where they're at as a franchise than his own abilities.
Donaldson, widely regarded as one of the best players in the game at the hot corner when healthy, reportedly cleared waivers Friday, making him eligible to be traded to any team.
The third baseman only played in his first rehab game on Tuesday night in Dunedin, Fla., for Toronto's Class-A affiliate.
Donaldson came to Toronto in November, 2014, in a trade by then general manager Alex Anthopoulos, that is regarded as being lopsided in the Blue Jays' favour. With the game tied with two out and nobody on in the bottom of the ninth, Donaldson went HAM on a Steve Geltz slider and crushed it over the left field wall to keep Toronto four games up on NY in the division race.
The deal comes just days after Terry Francona commented on the ridiculousness of moving Jose Ramirez, who's now playing third base better than any Indian in the history of the franchise, from the hot corner.
It's not a great look for the Blue Jays for a number of reasons. Now, he'll join the team trying to end the longest World Series drought in baseball at 69 years.
Donaldson also shone during both playoff runs.
Granderson is batting.243 on the seasons with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs.
After losing to the Cubs in the 2016 World Series, Cleveland returned to the postseason a year ago, falling to the Yankees in the ALDS.
Even if the veteran third baseman played out the rest of the season of Toronto, it was highly unlikely he'd return anyway.
Donaldson becomes the first MVP to wear an Indians uniform since Juan Gonzalez (a two-time victor for the Texas Rangers) spent a year with the club in 2001.
The Indians are 20 games over.500 and 14 games ahead of the second-place Twins in the American League's Central Division.