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Sports 5 potential MLB blockbusters: Donaldson among best available bats

18:59  13 june  2018
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That makes Donaldson a potentially significant trade chip. Both players took batting practice with their teammates Monday, Zuckerman relays. That could be bad news for rookie Nick Kingham, who turned in one of the best debuts in recent MLB history when he flirted with a perfect game through

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Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is still more than a month away, but teams have already started wheeling and dealing.

The Seattle Mariners got a head start on their American League rivals by acquiring reliever Alex Colome and veteran outfielder Denard Span from the Tampa Bay Rays. In the National League, the Arizona Diamondbacks added to their outfield by picking up Jon Jay from the Kansas City Royals.

Neither of those moves can be referred to as blockbusters, but there are plenty of upper-echelon players who could find new homes by the time August rolls around. With a number of teams already playing for the future, there is plenty of incentive for them to shop their stars in search of players who can help long-term.

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Josh Donaldson MLB Career Stats. AB. AVG. Ranked 3rd in the AL in batting with RISP and two outs… Now has a .311 (108-for-347) career average with RISP, which is the best in Oakland history among players with 400 or more plate appearances with RISP…

Ahead we've put together five speculative blockbuster trades worth exploring. Packaging him alongside Colin Moran would make two potential impact bats in this deal. It would surprise no one internally if he's the best pitching prospect in the system before too long."

Here are five big-name position players who could be moved this summer…

Manny Machado

One of the most coveted players league-wide, Machado is slugging along for the MLB-worst Baltimore Orioles. Due to hit the open market at season’s end, the 25-year-old shortstop is putting together the best campaign of his career at the perfect time. Before a team shells out hundreds of millions of dollars for his services, they’ll have a chance to rent his talent for a few months — for a hefty price.

A player with a .311/.380/.586 slash line isn’t available for trade all that often, so the Orioles have to make sure they maximize their return in any deal. With many suitors expected to be in the mix, a bidding war could fetch Baltimore a package it can use to fortify its franchise for the long run.

Josh Donaldson rejoins Blue Jays

  Josh Donaldson rejoins Blue Jays Sportsnet, and virtually everyone is, is reporting that Josh Donaldson ‘has flown back to Toronto from Dunedin to rejoin the Jays’. I thought the plan was to have him play a rehab game or two, but I guess that plan has been scrapped. Gibby said that Josh would have to ‘run at full speed’ before they would let him play again. I guess he must have been able to do it. No word on who will be leaving the roster to make room for Josh, but I’d guess it would be Gio Urshela. Course maybe they could drops someone from the bullpen. I wouldn’t believe the report, if it wasn’t for Sportsnet reporting it.

2017-18 MLB Free Agent List. Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions. MLB Depth Charts. Everyone else said Donaldson would win last year as well and trout won it. How is it not close? There are at least 5 -7 position players with similar batting skills if not superior.

2017-18 MLB Free Agent List. Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions. MLB Depth Charts. Cain is better handling the bat as well , he has a consistent eye at the plate and is able to put the ball in play more. For the Jay’s, I’d move Donaldson now and try to build the pitching staff up more.

Machado will command a hefty contract this off-season. (Nick Wass/AP)

Josh Donaldson

The Toronto Blue Jays superstar has spent much of 2018 on the disabled list, which has only hampered his trade value. When he has been in the lineup, the production has been worse than what we’re used to seeing from the 2015 AL MVP. Donaldson has posted a .757 OPS with five home runs in 36 games but those numbers must be taken in context considering the nagging injury issues.

Plus, after a sub-par start to the 2017 season, Donaldson showed down the stretch how he can almost single-handedly carry a lineup with his performance. Over the final two months of the year, the Pensacola, Fla., native had an OPS north of 1.000 and blasted 22 of his 33 home runs.

Assuming he can get fully healthy, Donaldson would offer a massive boost to a team looking for an answer at third base. The fact he’s scheduled to hit free agency at the end of the year could limit what Toronto gets back in trade, but expect the asking price to be substantial nonetheless.

Top Blue Jays trade candidate Donaldson out at least another week

  Top Blue Jays trade candidate Donaldson out at least another week The 2018 season hasn't been the contract year Josh Donaldson had in mind. Now it's getting just a little bit worse. Donaldson, the Toronto Blue Jays third baseman who's been on the shelf since May 28 with a nagging calf injury, isn't expected to return to the lineup until at least June 29 when the Jays came back from a road trip to host the Detroit Tigers. Manager John Gibbons wouldn't rule Donaldson out for the team's upcoming series inDonaldson, the Toronto Blue Jays third baseman who's been on the shelf since May 28 with a nagging calf injury, isn't expected to return to the lineup until at least June 29 when the Jays came back from a road trip to host the Detroit Tigers.

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CIN LF Adam Duvall ranked first (137) Recorded a .995 fielding percentage, best among MLB left fielders Recorded seven hits in the 2016 NLDS, tied for the most in MLB during the DS Tied teammates Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner as well as TOR 3B Josh Donaldson

The Chicago White Sox rebuild is well underway and Abreu could be the next piece dealt. One of the steadiest first basemen in the league, Abreu has had a batting average right around .300 in each of his five MLB seasons.

On paper, he would seem like a logical fit for either the Mariners or Angels as they try to dethrone the Houston Astros in the AL West. Seattle could stand to upgrade from Ryon Healy at first base while Los Angeles has a hole with Albert Pujols moving back to the designated hitter spot in the wake of Shohei Ohtani’s injury.

Another appealing reason for teams to target Abreu is his extra year of control. The 31-year-old Cuban won’t reach free agency until after the 2019 season.

J.T. Realmuto

Spared from the latest Miami Marlins fire sale that saw Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich all migrate north, Realmuto has been producing steadily in south Florida. The catcher leads the Marlins with a .889 OPS and could see his RBI total take off in a better lineup.

Realmuto has been one of the most consistent offensive backstops in the game for a few years now and would be a welcome addition to any club searching for a short- and long-term answer behind the plate. With two more years of control remaining on his contract — a window that probably won’t see the Marlins return to contention — Realmuto would figure to offer stability at a position that doesn’t boast many offensive threats.

Donaldson’s trade value relies on much more than his health

  Donaldson’s trade value relies on much more than his health Over the next month and a half, nothing will matter more to the Blue Jays’ future than what happens to Josh Donaldson. The post Gotta See It: Near 7-foot 12-year-old demolishes grade-school game appeared first on the first two months of this season, the future of the Blue Jays revolved around an all-world third baseman whose combination of uncanny hand-eye coordination and elite bat speed produced video-game numbers.

Josh Donaldson . Position: Third Baseman. Bats : Right • Throws: Right. Born: December 8, 1985 in Pensacola, FL us. Draft: Drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 1st round (48th) of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft.

The 2017-18 MLB offseason is underway, and while November is generally more about tidying up rosters and sorting out contract options and qualifying offers, it's never too early to discuss potential blockbuster deals. In addition, his 6.4 WAR the past two years rank 10th among second basemen.

Realmuto is one of the most consistent offensive catchers in MLB. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Mike Moustakas

After struggling to find a contract during the off-season, Moustakas started 2018 with a bang, hitting .302/.578/.914 with eight home runs over the first month of the season for the Royals. He’s cooled off since, but is still a reliable source of power, especially if he makes his way out of pitcher-friendly Kauffman Stadium.

It remains to be seen how much interest he’ll garner on the trade market, especially when you take into account that he was passed up by so many teams during free agency, but he’d be a solid gamble for a team looking for a rental third baseman with some left-handed pop. Moustakas is making just $5.5 million in 2018 and his contract carries a mutual option for 2019 worth $15 million. If an acquiring team wishes to part ways with the two-time all-star at the end of the year they could go simply send him back into the free-agent pool.

*Honourable Mention: Scooter Gennett

While he doesn’t boast the star power of others on this list, Gennett is having an unbelievable season that proves his breakout 2017 was no fluke. The Cincinnati Reds second baseman ranks second the National League with a .339 batting average and has plenty of power to boot. Under team control for one more year after this one, Gennett would be an appealing option for teams searching for more than just a rental. Better still, he’s able to play all over the diamond.

Baseball’s 10-day disabled list is a major-league joke .
Initial results are in for American League all-star fan balloting and among the top five vote-getters at the eight defensive positions, plus designated hitter, not one Blue Jays player is listed among 45 names. That is a problem.The Jays’ Canadian fanbase — when it is emotionally engaged — is a nation of online voters. This is a country that made sure Jose Bautista (twice) and Josh Donaldson won the award for most all-star fan votes. It’s a fan base that got both Steve Delabar and Michael Saunders in as the final all-star in short-burst online voting. But in 2018 they are clearly not into this team. Fan apathy is a big problem.

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