Getting traded from Oakland to Toronto was a move that seemed to suit Josh Donaldson, who would exchange one of the American League's toughest parks for hitters for one of the friendliest. The trade worked out about as well for Donaldson as any Fantasy owner could have expected. He batted .297 with 41 home runs, and he led the AL in RBI (123), runs (122) and total bases (352). Donaldson is not only a first-rounder but likely to be taken within the first six picks in many leagues.
Donaldson agreed to a two-year, $29 million contract with the Blue Jays on Monday to avoid arbitration, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports. Donaldson will have a tough task duplicating his numbers from the 2015 season after posting 41 home runs, 123 RBI, and 122 runs in what was easily the best statistical campaign of his five-year career. Nevertheless, he'll be touted as a first-round power hitter under most formats who's played in 158 games during each of his last three seasons.
Donaldson was named the 2015 AL MVP by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Thursday. Of the 30 first-place votes, Donaldson received 23 while the Angels' Mike Trout received seven. Traded to Toronto from Oakland last winter, Donaldson finished top-3 in the AL in most offensive statistical categories, including home runs (41), RBI (123), runs (122), slugging (.568) and OPS (.939). He will turn 30 in December, but there's little reason to think Donaldson won't return first-round value again next season.
Donaldson (head) is in the lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS Friday against the Rangers, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports. Donaldson took a knee to his head on a slide into second base in Thursday's Game 1, but he passed concussion tests after the game, and will be able to take the field Friday. As he regularly does, Donaldson will man third base and hit second in the Blue Jays' batting order.
Donaldson has passed concussion tests, and will be monitored, but he's expected to be okay, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. Unlike teammate Jose Bautista (expected to play), Donaldson's status for Friday's game remains a bit more up in the air moving forward. He's expected to be fine, but that doesn't necessarily mean he will be in the lineup Friday. His presence would provide a big boost for the Blue Jays, but the situation should be revealed prior to the game.
Donaldson was removed from Thursday's game against the Rangers in the fifth inning, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports. The Blue Jays have not provided an official reason for Donaldson's removal, but he was only able to play one more half inning after taking a knee to the head sliding into second base in the bottom of the fourth frame. Expect his status to be updated as more details become available.
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