A’s Trade Donaldson To Blue Jays
Oakland general manager Billy Beane said earlier this month that he was not interested in trading any of his younger players, but the Blue Jays made him an offer he couldn’t refuse and Beane changed his mind.
In a blockbuster move, the A’s sent Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays in exchange for infielder Brett Lawrie, pitchers Kendall Graveman and Sean Nolin and shortstop Franklin Barreto.
To make room on the 40-man roster, the A’s also designated Josh Lindblom and Kyle Blanks for assignment.
Donaldson, 28, hit .255 with 29 homers and 89 RBI with the A’s in 2014 and will take over for Lawrie at third base in Toronto.
The Donaldson trade is Toronto’s second major move this offseason as they have already inked Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million deal.
In return for Donaldson the A’s are receiving Lawrie, who hit .247 in 70 games last season and a trio of prospects.
Graveman and Nolin each made appearances late in the season with the Blue Jays and Beane expects them to compete for spots in the A’s rotation in 2015.
Graveman pitched across four levels in the Blue Jays organization last season and posted a 1.83 ERA in 27 games. Nolin, who was ranked as Toronto’s No. 12 prospect went 4-7 and posted a 3.43 ERA in 20 games across various levels of the Blue Jays farm system.
Barreto, an 18-year old, played 73 games for Toronto’s Class A team this season and hit .311.