The Toronto Blue Jays have somewhat of a dilemma on their hands, and it involves their former MVP Josh Donaldson. Donaldson is one of the best third baseman in all of baseball, and he deserves to get paid next winter, when he will be a free agent. The Jays currently have a pretty average team that is in no position to make a run into the playoffs. The front office needs to be deciding now if they want to hold onto Donaldson for the year, hold him until the deadline, or try to extend him.
In my opinion, the best thing the Jays could do is trade away Donaldson. He was a major part of the Jays teams that went to the playoffs in back-to-back years, but that was a very different team that had much more power in the lineup. The Jays lost Edwin Encarnación to free agency last winter, and are not re-signing José Bautista, who fell off pretty hard this year. It was hard for the Jays to make up for the loss of Encarnación last year, and it will be even harder with Bautista no longer on the team. It would be devastating to the Jays if they let Donaldson walk away without getting anything in return for him.
There are plenty of teams out there that could use help at third base. The New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, and New York Mets are teams that come to mind. They all are in the playoff hunt to some degree, and all could use a third baseman like Donaldson to really help their lineup. These teams have pretty solid farm systems, and they could definitely put together some sort of a package to acquire Donaldson.
The Jays should not wait until the deadline to trade Donaldson because there is a chance he could get hurt, which would impact his value. Donaldson certainly is not injury-prone, but he has gotten hurt a few times over the years. The team should find a trade partner for Donaldson now so that they maximize his value.