After missing a combined total of just 11 regular-season games through his first two years in Toronto, injuries limited Donaldson to 113 games in 2017 and just 36 this season.
Excitement for Donaldson's arrival in Toronto began the moment he was acquired in an off-season trade with the Oakland Athletics in 2014 - a five-player move that will go down as one of the best completed during then general manager Alex Anthopoulos' tenure in Toronto.
Donaldson hasn't played for the Blue Jays since the end of May when he was placed on the Disabled List.
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.
Coincidentally, the Blue Jays and Indians face off during a four-game set at Rogers Centre beginning next Thursday, September 6th.
Donaldson, who will be a free agent after this season, is arguably the most productive power bat to change teams during the 2018 season.
The Indians have not yet commented on the trade. That helped the Blue Jays reach their first AL East Division crown since 1993. Now, he'll join the team trying to end the longest World Series drought in baseball at 69 years.
With Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on the horizon, the reality is that both he and Donaldson were unlikely to coexist on the same roster next year.
When he has played, Donaldson has hit five home runs and his.757 OPS is his lowest since his 2012 rookie season.
They hold a 14-game lead in the American League Central.
After losing to the Cubs in the 2016 World Series, Cleveland returned to the postseason past year, falling to the Yankees in the ALDS.
With that track record, he surely would have commanded significant value on the trade market if the Blue Jays weren't going to get him signed to a contract extension.