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Oakland deals Brett Lawrie to the ChiSox

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Brett Lawrie, the prize of last season's Josh Donaldson trade, has been shipped by the Oakland A's to the ChiSox for a pair of minor league pitchers

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Brett Lawrie, the infielder who was the big piece the Oakland A's got back in the Josh Donaldson trade last offseason, has been sent by the A's to the Chicago White Sox for 21 year old lefty pitcher Zack Erwin and 22 year old righty reliever J.B. Wendelken.

Kind of a baffling trade, from Oakland's perspective...Erwin was a 2015 4th rounder who had a nice professional debut, and Wendelken looks like a decent relief prospect, but neither guy is all that exciting a prospect.  Lawrie was someone who was said to have untapped potential the A's hoped to unlock when they acquired him in the Donaldson deal, but he put up just a .260/.299/.407 line in 2015 while splitting his time between second base and third base.

Of course, knowing the A's, Wendelken will end up being a shutdown reliever and Erwin will come out of nowhere to put up a 120 ERA+ for a few years before being flipped for more prospects.  But until then, we can scoff at this deal...