Bringer of Rain to the Bronx – New York Yankees acquire Josh Donaldson

Nick Reid Mar 14, 2022

The stove continues to heat up. Now that the lockout’s over MLB clubs are rushing to put together their roster ahead of Opening Day, and as everyone else was questioning the purpose of daylight savings time the New York Yankees made a splash on Sunday night by acquiring third baseman Josh Donaldson from the Minnesota Twins, along with Isiah Kiner-Falefa in exchange for Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela.

Let me start this off by saying WOW. It’s hard to fathom Josh Donaldson returning to the AL East let alone going to the Yankees.

If anything I thought it could’ve been possible that Josh would have a desire to return to the Jays, given his ties to the team and this city, but this move by the Yankees is straight out of left field. Jeff Passan dropped a nuke with this one.

Leave it to the Yankees to go out and trade for a veteran with a good track record and his own history of tearing up the AL East. Donaldson isn’t what he once was but still has a ton of pop. He won’t have the pressure of being THE guy for the Bronx Bombers and I’m sure he’s gonna enjoy being back on a contender, something the Twins definitely were not during his tenure with the club.

JD is a gamer at heart and the way he always leaves it on the field is one of the things I loved most about his time with the Jays. Well that and the roof report he’d do for every game.

And his walkoff dingers.

It’s gonna be interesting to see how Donaldson and Yankees’ pitcher Gerrit Cole get along in the clubhouse. Those two got into some SERIOUS beef last season with JD putting Cole on blast for allegedly using sticky stuff (which he did) and continued to call him out on it as the whole foreign substances fiasco took over. I’m a bit surprised that the Yankees would trade for a guy who was so critical of their $324 ace, who responded promptly by losing his lead in the Cy Young race to Robbie Ray.

Donaldson’s as real as it gets and his personality isn’t for everyone, especially when there’s bad history involving your team’s most important (and expensive) piece. Bold move, Yankees.

As a fan of the Bringer of Rain I’m glad we’ll get to see him more often as the Jays and Yankees play each other a ton, but I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t hurt seeing yet another one of our favourite all-time Blue Jays has joined the dark side. I can’t even fathom JD wearing those pinstripes and I know that I’m gonna absolutely hate it the first time I see it.

Oh who am I kidding. I’m gonna hate it every single time.

Nick Reid

Blue Jays Contributor for Sport Management student at Brock University. Have seen a game at all 30 Major League ballparks. Would rather be eating poutine at the Rogers Centre.

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