"Donaldson's been an outstanding player," Anthopoulos said. "We're getting a middle-of-the-order bat and it's something that we need. We didn't expect him to be available. ... It doesn't hurt to ask. We asked if there was any way we could ask about Donaldson. Billy told me emphatically no. We left it at that. A few days ago we were talking again and asked again. Finally when Brett was involved to replace Josh that's when it started to move again."
"You are going to have to give up some really good players to get Donaldson," Anthopoulos said.