By Matt Mirro
More and more overturn for the Oakland Athletics roster. It would surprise me more if you told me the sky was blue and the Earth revolved around the sun. Earlier this week the Oakland A’s re-acquired infielder Jed Lowrie from the Houston Astros, adding a reliable veteran presence to the infield. Unfortunately for Brett Lawrie, the team’s third baseman/second baseman, the acquisition of the versatile Lowrie means he may find his way out of Oakland and on his third team in as many years.
According to Susan Slusser it now appears “likely” that the A’s will trade Brett Lawrie. Lawrie was acquired last offseason as the centerpiece in a package sent over from the Toronto Blue Jays for third baseman Josh Donaldson. The 25-year old had a decent season in Oakland, batting .260 with 16 home runs and 60 RBI in 149 games. While that’s not a season to shake a stick at it pales in comparison to the MVP campaign that Donaldson boasted in 2015. Frankly, the deal was simply a bust for Oakland. Donaldson is still under rather cost efficient team control and continues to grow as an all around force in the league. Lawrie is a productive player but unless he puts up Donaldson numbers the A’s have lost that trade.
Now, it seems the Athletics have realized it as well and are looking to salvage something from that deal. It does not surprise me that they prefer Lowrie over Lawrie (Keep up, I know they sound similar) as this is the second time they have acquired him in a trade, both with the Astros interestingly enough. Both have struggled with injuries in their career but Lawrie’s youth makes him a more valuable trade chip. Conceivably, I could see the New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels among others could be real viable suitors for the sweet swinging infielder.
If this is indeed the end of Lawrie’s short-lived tenure by the bay it would officially raise the white flag on last year’s trade with the Blue Jays, although I don’t believe it’s much of an argument at this point. The A’s continue to be unpredictable even as Billy Beane now resides in the executive suite instead of the general manager’s chair. Again. that is something to be expected. Same old same old out of Oakland.