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Trading Lawrie could have been part of A’s bigger plan

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Was trading Lawrie all part of the A’s plan?

During last week’s Major League Baseball Annual Meetings in Nashville, among a flurry of other trades and signings, the Oakland Athletics traded third baseman Brett Lawrie to the Chicago White Sox.

What they got in return, especially at first, seemed quite underwhelming. Lawrie, who will be 26 years old in January, put up the best numbers of his career since his first full season in the big leagues while he was with the Athletics in 2015. Lawrie played in 125 games for Toronto in 2012. Since then injuries had limited Lawrie to 107 games in 2013 and just 70 games in 2014. His 149 games in 2015 were the most he’s played in his career.

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Brett Lawrie. Getty Images.

In 2015 Lawrie batted .260 and put up career highs in both home runs with 16 and RBI with 60. He also hit career high numbers in hits (146) and doubles (29). He posted a 1.9 WAR overall. Lawrie’s defense wasn’t quite as strong as his offense. He made 18 errors in 109 games at third base and six while playing 42 games at second base. Still, Lawrie is young and obtaining him now is could be a good deal for the White Sox, especially if he stays healthy. Lawrie is arbitration eligible for just the second time and will be under the White Sox control through the 2018 season.

So upon hearing that the A’s got two relatively unknown minor league pitchers in return for a MLB third baseman many assumed, as they did with the Josh Donaldson trade, that the Athletics front office had made yet another colossal mistake.

However, while when it comes to Donaldson there are still differing opinions regarding the potential effectiveness of the trade. Players, such as Kendall Graveman and Franklin Barreto, acquired in the trade for Donaldson have yet to fully develop and mature. They could, in the future, be huge stars for Oakland.

The same idea applies here along with some speculated (based on just whispers and rumors) reasons that the A’s likely knew exactly what they were doing in trading Lawrie. It’s a theory that makes sense, when you finish my column on Today’s Knuckleball – let me know what you think. Use the link below to learn more about Wendelken and Erwin and the A’s, once, over crowded infield:

 

A’s made out better in Lawrie trade than many believe

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