Despite former American League MVP Josh Donaldson only having one more year on his contract before being eligible for free agency, don’t expect him to be wearing a different uniform in 2018. While Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro wasn’t as bullish on Donaldson’s long-term future with the club, he said it’s “almost a certainty” the third baseman won’t be dealt this winter. “It’s hard for me to imagine a scenario where Josh Donaldson isn’t part of a championship team here,” Shapiro said on Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Jeff Blair Show Wednesday. “But I think [GM] Ross [Atkins] and the baseball staff will walk through all of those scenarios. “It’s almost a certainty that he’ll be back here next year.” Donaldson is hitting .268/.390/.554 with 30 home runs and a WAR of 4.4. The fact that he’s been limited to 103 games because of calf injuries hasn’t helped the Blue Jays’ cause this season. They’re 71-80 and well out of playoff contention. Donaldson’s ailments were just some of the problems the team faced, Shapiro said. “If even a couple of the seven or eight things that went wrong this year hadn’t happened – if [Aaron Sanchez] had been healthy, if Josh Donaldson had not gotten hurt, if Russell Martin had not gotten hurt, if Devon Travis hadn’t gotten hurt … I can keep going, by the way – we’d be at least in the wild card mix right now,” he said.
Donaldson part of 2018 Blue Jays ‘almost a certainty’
Sportsnet | Sep 20