As post-trade press conferences go, it was the weirdest we have ever seen.

How many have we seen?

One hundred, 200?

There at the podium Monday afternoon was Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulous flanked by Aaron Hill and John McDonald.

Usually players don't want to be within a tape-measure home run of the guy who uprooted his family.

The message was: Anthopoulos had shipped both to the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks for the final six weeks of the season with the chance for both to play in October.

And — wait for it — both could be back in Dunedin next February with the Jays next season.

So sayeth all three.

It was as if the Jays were announcing the two were headed to Disneyland for the remainder of the season, not to worry, they'll be back.

Rogers Centre ushers and guards walked around with long faces — about fan fave McDonald being moved — and one woman was on the verge of tears when she heard the news. The twitter world was outraged.

McDonald was the apple of Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers' eye after shortstop Steven Drew broke his ankle a month ago. Willie Bloomquist has been playing short, but Arizona's defence has suffered when it comes double-switch time for manager Kirk Gibson.

The Jays and Arizona swapped underachieving former first rounders, Hill for Kelly Johnson.

All three players are free agents at the end of the season.