Report: Josh Donaldson trade irks Yankees, Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are upset about the circumstances of the Cleveland Indians' acquisition of former American League MVP Josh Donaldson last month, according to a report by The Athletic.
Both teams have "voiced displeasure" with Major League Baseball over the Aug. 31 trade-deadline deal between the Indians and Toronto Blue Jays, according to the report.
The issue is Donaldson's uncertain health status, according to the report. The 32-year-old third baseman has not played in the Majors since May 28 due to a calf injury. He began a rehab assignment in the Minors on Aug. 29, the same day he was placed on revocable trade waivers by Toronto.
According to MLB rules, a player must be certified as healthy to be placed on trade waivers. The Indians, however, placed Donaldson on the 10-day disabled list on Sept. 3.
"I guess he got reinjured on the plane," an unnamed executive told The Athletic.
Donaldson, who would be eligible to play for Cleveland in the postseason, was expected to work out with the Indians on Monday and could be activated in time for Tuesday's game at Tampa Bay. In 36 games with the Blue Jays this season, he batted .234 with five homers and 16 RBI.
Donaldson was the AL MVP in 2015 when he batted .297 with 41 homers and 123 RBI for the Blue Jays.