Blue Jays reportedly turned down Cardinals' Jack Flaherty for Josh Donaldson last winter

Josh Donaldson and Jack Flaherty
Josh Donaldson and Jack Flaherty (Getty Images)

The Blue Jays might be kicking themselves over a past decision.

According to USA Today, the Cardinals made a trade offer for former third baseman Josh Donaldson this winter.

That trade offer included two prospects, one of which was starting pitcher Jack Flaherty.

Toronto turned it down.

Flaherty has gone on to post an 8-6 record with a 2.92 ERA in 132 1/3 innings pitched in 2018. Donaldson has been limited to just 38 games and was dealt by Toronto in August.

The Blue Jays acquired a player to be named later in that deal. The individual turned out to be 26-year-old pitcher Julian Merryweather, who missed all of 2018 and posted a 5.32 ERA across two levels in 2017.

Flaherty, 22, could be the National League Rookie of the Year, though he has stiff competition from Ronald Acuna of the Braves and Juan Soto of the Nationals.