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Rumor Central: Jays unlikely to deal Josh Donaldson?

It is highly unlikely that the Toronto Blue Jays will trade star third baseman Josh Donaldson this winter, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The last-place Blue Jays (64-76) have underperformed this season, but also suffered injuries to a number of key players, including Donaldson, Aaron Sanchez and Troy Tulowitzki. Given that the front office feels the team can quickly return to contention, Donaldson “almost surely isn’t going anywhere,” writes Heyman.

Donaldson, the 2015 American League MVP who will be a free agent after next season, is hitting .254/.378/.519 with 25 homers in 95 games.

Meanwhile, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com suggests the Jays will not promote prized third-base prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. until 2019 because they already have a third baseman in Donaldson. Chisholm predicts the 18-year-old Guerrero will spend most of next season at Double-A New Hampshire before a promotion to Triple-A Buffalo.

- Doug Mittler

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