Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 1/10/12
Most of this off-season, I’ve been hoping the Indians trade Jason Donald. This stance developed for two main reasons, neither of which had anything to do with a lack of confidence in Jason Donald. First, I really do think Donald has some legitimate value, which might at first seem an odd reason to want to trade him.  As I’ve written before, his minor league numbers look pretty darn good (.805 career OPS).  He hits LHP fairly well.  He has significant versatility, able to play three infield positions and rumors that he’s adding the outfield to his repertoire as well.  On top of that, he has accrued only 1.057 years of ML service, meaning that he’ll be cost-controlled for up to five more seasons.  I can see how an acquiring team would much rather hand an everyday job to Donald rather than Ryan Theriot or (gulp) Orlando Cabrera. Second, the Indians don’t really seem to have an everyday spot for Donald, which makes moving him that much easier.  It just so happens that both SS and 2B—Don...
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