A player has to be healthy to be placed on revocable waivers, which Toronto apparently thought Donaldson was in the days before the trade. The 32-year-old has not played a major league game since May 28 as he deals with a calf injury. He had started a rehab assignment, but said he wasn’t well enough to play in his second rehab game, in the days before the deadline, which irked the Blue Jays. Donaldson, who was the 2015 AL MVP, is set to be a free agent this offseason.
But he was still placed on waivers and cleared, which made him available to the whole league in a trade. Other teams passed and the Indians swooped in, getting the deal done by sending along a player to be named — believed to be minor league right-hander Julian Merryweather, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery. Donaldson then immediately went on the DL with Cleveland, which should show he wasn’t healthy enough to be placed on waivers in the first place.
“I guess he got re-injured on the plane,” one rival executive sarcastically told The Athletic.
Josh Donaldson hasn’t played a Major League Baseball game since May. My hate for him was subsiding. Out of sight, out of mind. Then he was traded to the Cleveland Indians so I was forced to hear about how great of an update he is at third base and how Cleveland now has the best infield in the game.
But nope, turns out this whole deal was some under the table bullshit sketchy move between Toronto, Cleveland and MLB that allowed a player that has spent the last 3 straight months on the disabled list to be traded on waivers, even though only healthy players can be moved at the waiver deadline.
The fuck is going on?
Last season I started to turn on the Indians. That ALCS series was incredibly obnoxious. They would hit a bloop single that dropped in front of Brett Gardner out in left field and they celebrated like they had just hit a World Series-winning grand slam walk-off.
Now they’re conspiring with Major League Baseball in order to add my arch nemesis onto the roster just in time for Game 1 of this season’s ALCS. I am ready to see Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez get swept while Donaldson limps out there on crutches.
I now hate both Donaldson and Cleveland.
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