The Yankees might have to face Josh Donaldson and the Indians in the playoffs, and the Bombers -- along with other teams -- are steamed over the way Donaldson was acquired.
The Indians acquired Donaldson from the Blue Jays on Aug. 31, with the Jays sending $2.7 million to Cleveland to help offset the just under $4 million remaining on Donaldson's salary.
Now, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic is reporting that the Yankees, Astros, and Red Sox are among the teams unhappy with how the deal went down -- with the Astros having asked the commissioner's office for an explanation.
At the heart of the issue, according to Rosenthal, is that players technically aren't allowed to be traded unless they're medically cleared to play. Donaldson hasn't played since late-May due to a calf issue.
According to Rosenthal's report, Donaldson knew on Aug. 29 that he wasn't healthy enough to play, which is information that was conveyed to teams before Donaldson was place on revocable trade waivers.
After being acquired by the Indians, Donaldson was placed back on the 10-day DL on Sept. 3.
The 32-year-old Donaldson -- a former AL MVP -- will be a free agent after the season.