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The Toronto Blue Jays are in a period of transition. But Josh Donaldson is on board—no matter what. And after how last season ended, he’s ready to bounce back. So too are the Blue Jays.

What could’ve went wrong for us last year, went wrong. And it happened early, and we weren’t really able to bounce back. And that was difficult.

But Donaldson has been the subject of intense trade speculation all offseason long. At first, it didn’t seem like he would attend Toronto’s Winter Fest. But now, that appears to have changed.

I’m always excited for a new season. I’m probably a little bit more excited about this season because of how last season ended, and kind of wanting to get the team back on the right track and back to winning the way that we have in the previous couple years.

But the 32-year-old relishes the pressure. Not only that, but he’s used to this situation.

It’s not something that’s uncommon, for me to be in this situation where a team’s success kind of depends on how I’m playing. You just got to understand that, and continue to embrace that. It’s not something that I shy away from. I want to be that guy. I have been that guy.

However, he knows there’s always room for improvement. Especially for himself.

I always believe that I have room for improvement. For me, I think if I’m able to get little improvements, that’s going to be beneficial for my game. I’m not looking to completely re-haul anything.

But he doesn’t stop there. Last season was a very difficult one for Donaldson. For the most part, he just wants to put it behind him and improve where he can.

This season, being injured, I definitely feel – I know – that I can be better there because my entire career I’ve never been injured the way that I was last season. So I’m going to go out there and continue to do the things that I’ve been doing and been successful at, and continue to figure out ways to improve. I don’t feel as if I’ve slowed down at all, and I feel like I’m just kind of constantly getting better – not in huge margins, in little margins.

Is he going to be the guy to lead the Blue Jays forward?

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