The Blue Jays completed the Josh Donaldson trade Friday, more than a month after dealing the slugging third baseman to the Cleveland Indians.
Right-handed pitcher Julian Merryweather was announced as the player to be named later in the move that sent Donaldson to the American League Central winners on Aug. 31, hours before the trade deadline.
The 26-year-old was widely rumoured to be the player coming Toronto’s way at the time of the transaction, but was not officially identified because he was injured, missing the 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in early March. He was the Jays’ only return in the deal.
Toronto also reportedly sent $2.7 million US Cleveland’s way to cover a large portion of the estimated $3.7 million left on Donaldson’s contract.
Merryweather went 7-9 with a 5.32 ERA in 2017 between Double-A and Triple-A. The six-foot-four, 200-pound righty owns a career record of 23-20 and a 3.92 ERA in four minor-league seasons.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the Jays designated infielder Jon Berti for assignment. The 28-year-old made his big-league debut on Sept. 26 after 789 games in the minor leagues. He went 4-for-15 with two RBIs in four games for the Jays.
The oft-injured Donaldson, who managed just 36 games, five home runs and 16 RBIs in his final season in Toronto, hit .280 with three home runs and seven RBIs in 16 games for Cleveland this September after starting his tenure with the Indians on the disabled list.
Donaldson is eligible to participate in Cleveland’s post-season run because he was traded before Sept. 1. The Indians kick off their American League Division Series campaign against the Houston Astros on Friday afternoon. Donaldson will bat fifth in the lineup and play at hot corner in Game 1.
Laura Armstrong is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @lauraarmy