It’s no secret that things didn’t end the way they started between Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays.
After winning the American League MVP in 2015 – his first season with the Jays – Donaldson played in just 36 games last season before he was dealt to the Cleveland Indians for minor league pitcher Julian Merryweather. Donaldson expanded on the way things ended Friday in a sit-down with SportsCentre’s Kara Wagland.
“It didn’t end the way that I wanted it to end in my time [in Toronto],” Donaldson said.
“The last couple years I’ve had to deal with injuries that happened on the field and that happened off the field and on rehab assignments. That’s not going to make me too thrilled about things. So at the end of the day I’m in control of my own body. I’ve learned some lessons and I’m just going to continue to try to adapt to the situation and continue to make myself the best that I can be.”
While he struggled with a calf injury last season, Donaldson says he is feeling good after signing a one-year, $23-million deal with the Atlanta Braves.
“I feel great. I’ve had a tremendous off-season. This has probably been the best off-season I’ve had in, you know, four or five years,” he said.
“Body is feeling great. I’ve made some pretty huge improvements physically and I’m feeling great going into spring training.”
His deal in Atlanta reunites him with general manager Alex Anthopoulos, who originally brought him to Toronto in a 2014 trade with the Oakland Athletics.
“Alex and I have had a relationship and we’ve both spent a lot of time with each other with the Blue Jays,” Donaldson said. “Alex was pretty aggressive on us pretty early and he made a deal that I felt made sense for us and that made sense for them.”
Over 52 games last season with the Blue Jays and Indians, Donaldson had eight home runs and 23 RBI while slashing .246/.352/.449.