Several BlueClaws alums have been traded in the last week (Trevor May and Vance Worley to Minnesota and Lisalverto Bonilla to Texas), and the movement continued last night with Jason Donald traded from the Indians to the Reds as part of a three
-team trade headlined by Shin-Soo Choo (Cleveland to Cincinnati) and former #2 overall pick Trevor Bauer (Arizona to Cleveland).
Donald was a 3rd round pick of the Phillies in 2006 (U of Arizona) and played two months with the BlueClaws in 2007, hitting .310 with four HRs in 51 games, earning a promotion to Clearwater.
He was a part of the trade in 2009 that brought Cliff Lee to the Phillies (the first time), going to the Indians with Jason Knapp, Lou Marson, and Carlos Carrasco, all former BlueClaws themselves.
Donald made his big league debut in 2010 and played 170 big league games over the last three seasons, splitting time between Cleveland and Columbus.
“There’s a definite excitement on my end,” Donald said. “I’m thrilled for the opportunity. There are a lot of close relationships that I’ve built in Cleveland. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the organization and the people in it.”
We wish Jason the best.