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Billy Beane did not want to trade Josh Donaldson

Remember all the speculation about Billy Beane possibly trading Josh Donaldson because of a conflict of personalities? It looks like we have confirmation that that was not the case. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi published a piece on Tuesday about how the Donaldson trade between the A’s and Blue Jays unfolded. The trade, which was announced on...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Some Belated Thoughts On The Josh Donaldson Deal

It’s been quite a few days since the biggest trade of the offseason to date was consummated, but the Nelson Cruz signing intervened, preventing me from getting around to it until now. The move of Josh Donaldson from Oakland to Toronto in exchange for a significant package headed by Brett Lawrie and hotshot shortstop prospect […]
Via Fangraphs
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Donaldson, Billy Beane clashed over off days

The trade of Josh Donaldson by the Oakland Athletics to the Toronto Blue Jays seemingly shocked everyone across the baseball landscape…well, except for those closest to the situation. Scott Miller of Bleacher Report paints the picture of  star player clashing swords with his GM over what seems to be a largely mundane situation. Multiple sources cite a verbal altercation between...
Via The Outside Corner
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Billy Beane and Josh Donaldson were clashing

When the Oakland Athletics sent franchise cornerstone Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays the day after Thanksgiving, it raised way more questions than answers. Why trade someone that was considered your best player? Why do so with that player still under team control at a cheap price for the foreseeable future? Now a few days after the smoke has cleared, it seems that we are...
Via Sportsnaut
25 days ago  |  Discuss

The Thing About Josh Donaldson’s Defense

As you by now are well aware, Josh Donaldson was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend in a blockbuster deal that sent Brett Lawrie back to Oakland. The Blue Jays gave up Lawrie and a few prospects to immediately get better, because Josh Donaldson is a guy that immediately makes any team […]
Via Fangraphs
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays pay for defense in acquiring Josh Donaldson

The baseball world was treated to something of a Friday night blockbuster, as the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics came together on a trade that featured Josh Donaldson and Brett Lawrie as centerpieces, with three additional prospects heading to Oakland from the Jays. On the Oakland end, there is no shortage of confusion over just what they were trying to accomplish...
Via The Outside Corner
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball: Josh Donaldson’s value in Toronto

Josh Donaldson finished eighth in the AL MVP race in 2014 On Nov. 28, the Oakland Athletics sent third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for third baseman Brett Lawrie, right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman, left-hander Sean Nolin, and shortstop Franklin Barreto. For Josh Donaldson, moving to Toronto will be a nice change of scenery. He is moving from a...
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Donaldson calls Blue Jays all-white uniforms 'sexy'

Your browser does not support iframes.MLB infielder Josh Donaldson, the newest member of the Toronto Blue Jays, says that the all-white uniforms for his new team are "pretty sexy". Donaldson was traded to the Blue Jays on Friday after playing for the Oakland A's for the past five seasons. Donaldson admitted in an interview that he is still shocked by the trade, but apparently can...
Via Holdout Sports
28 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Athletics Trade Josh Donaldson

Eyes tend to roll when the phrase “rebuilding mode” is muttered. In general, fans do not take kindly to it because to them, that means their team is being stripped for parts and re-tooled for the future. It means their team has all but given up for two or three seasons, and such a strategy is not always successful. Questions like, “What if the market outgrows you?” ...
Via The Sports Post
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking at the prospects the A's got in the Donaldson trade

I’ll try to complete the FanGraphs analysis of the Josh Donaldson deal, with Dave covering the A’s perspective of the deal and Drew Fairservice covering it from the Jays perspective while I’ll jump in with the prospect end of things. Those two prior pieces do a good job analyzing the various angles of this deal, with the […]
Via Fangraphs
29 days ago  |  Discuss

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