Red Sox vs the AL East: third basemen

5 of 5

Sep 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) reacts as he round third base on the three-run home run by designated hitter Brandon Moss (37) against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning of the 2014 American League Wild Card playoff baseball game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays

Among the best third basemen in baseball across the past two seasons, Donaldson was dealt to Toronto in a questionable deal this winter. Despite giving up no elite players or top prospects, the Blue Jays have added Donaldson, coming off a .255/.342/.456 season with the A’s. Donaldson will bring another big power bat to Toronto’s lineup, also giving them elite defense at the hot corner, who is actually coming off a 2014 season in which he was fairly unlucky. His .278 BABIP last season was well below his career mark of .299 and a corresponding increase in his batting average could put him over the top next season. Oakland GM Billy Beane doesn’t make many mistakes, but barring a rapid decline from the 29-year old Donaldson, the Blue Jays got a steal with this trade.