The Indians now sit 14.5 games ahead of the Twins in the AL Central with a 77-57 record.
It's sad and unfortunate that the Donaldson era had to end this way. It was widely reported that the club then placed him on revocable waivers on Wednesday afternoon, a process that lasts 48 hours.
Whether he leaves the Jays' nest now or this offseason, Toronto missed a real opportunity to get some good prospects in a trade for Donaldson.
After almost four seasons with the Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson's tenure in Toronto has come to an end.More news: How to watch Aretha Franklin's funeral
OK, that's part of the equation, but not the sole reason that I think the Blue Jays are heading for a long period of mediocre baseball.
The Cardinals could also get by without Donaldson by shifting Matt Carpenter to third base and using the combination of Jose Martinez and Matt Adams at first base. He has been out since May 28 with a calf injury.
With the Blue Jays a whopping eight games back of the New York Yankees mid-way through July of 2015, Donaldson and the Blue Jays went on an absolute tear, especially in August, when JD knocked in 35 runs and the Blue Jays went 21-6 to storm back and take the American League East pennant by a whopping six games.
You can understand why teams would be interested in Donaldson if he's healthy, as he's only a year removed from hitting 33 home runs and batting.270.More news: Bound Greyhound bus in deadly crash along New Mexico freeway
Donaldson became the first Blue Jays player since George Bell in 1987 to win the AL Most Valuable Player award and only the second to win it in franchise history.
If he were not dealt, Toronto could have let Donaldson walk away for nothing. He has also hit five home runs and tallied 16 RBIs.
The danger in this scenario is that Donaldson would accept the offer which is not something the Blue Jays reportedly would like to happen.More news: Giggs: Time for Man Utd fans to get behind Mourinho