Cardinals expected to strongly pursue former MVP Josh Donaldson

St, Louis has missed the postseason in consecutive years

Josh Donaldson.

Josh Donaldson. | LM Otero AP

The St. Louis Cardinals were eliminated from the postseason on thursday by their rivals the Chicago Cubs, but apparently they are already thinking about next year and they have ambitious plans going into the offseason.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Cardinals are expected to strongly pursue a trade the Toronto Blue Jays for All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson this winter.

Donaldson a three time All-Star and former MVP, will be on the final year arbitration in 2018 and will be a free agent at the end of the season in what many are calling "The Most Loaded Free Agency Ever".

Going into the offseason Toronto has repeatedly said they expect Donaldson to be back in 2018, as President Mark Shapiro said last week:

"Almost a certainty that he'll be back here next year."

That "almost" may be enough for the Cardinals to steal away the 2015 MVP, but it will take a good amount of young talent.

Donaldson has missed alot of time this year, but has still had a pretty good season by posting a 5.0 WAR and lately he has been on fire batting .408 with eight dingers in the last 12 games.

Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, possibly Clayton Kershaw and David Price are a few of the names Donaldson would be competing with for top dollars if he makes it to free agency.