The Toronto Blue Jays could potentially have themselves a major question to answer this season if the team plays well, and they find themselves in the middle of a playoff race come the July 31st trade deadline. That question is whether or not they trade Josh Donaldson and essentially take themselves out of the playoff race. The team will likely not be able to re-sign Josh Donaldson this offseason, as they simply do not have the financial power some other teams do.

Trading away Josh Donaldson would greatly benefit the team long-term, as they would easily get back a top prospect or two, and those players would help speed up the inevitable rebuild that looms for the Blue Jays in the next few seasons, as they will see some of their solid veteran players leave the team in free agency. The team could even trade some of those players, like Marco Estrada and J.A. Happ, but they would not bring back the same haul that Donaldson would.

So now the question is, what kind of haul would the Jays be able to get for Josh Donaldson? They would easily be able to acquire a top-2 system prospect from any team, and one or two more top-10 system prospects from that team. Donaldson is a star player that could easily change any potential playoff team’s chances of winning the World Series. He hits for a high average and mashes plenty of home runs. He is a true heart-of-the-order batter, and he could easily propel a team to a World Series.

The Toronto Blue Jays, as of right now, have little chance at making a deep run in the postseason, so trading away Donaldson in July is in their best interest as an organization for the long-term. Donaldson is a star, but they really have to move him before he walks for nothing.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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