Brett Lawrie, former Blue Jay, traded to White Sox

The Oakland Athletics have traded third baseman Brett Lawrie to the Chicago White Sox for right-hander J.B. Wendelken and minor league left-hander Zack Erwin.

3rd baseman played 1 season for Oakland after trade from Toronto

Third baseman Brett Lawrie, who spent one year with the Oakland A's after playing for the Toronto Blue Jays, has been traded to the Chicago White Sox for two players. (Harry How/Getty Images)

The Athletics have traded third baseman Brett Lawrie, as the club had been expected to try to do during baseball's winter meetings, sending him to the Chicago White Sox for right-hander J.B. Wendelken and minor league left-hander Zack Erwin.

The A's announced the trade Wednesday night, leaving them with five remaining arbitration-eligible players, down from 12 last week. New general manager David Forst has made an improved pitching staff a priority.

Oakland had a full infield after acquiring shortstop Jed Lowrie from Houston on Nov. 25, leaving third basemen Lawrie and Danny Valencia as possible options to be dealt.

Lawrie hit .260 with career highs of 16 homers and 60 RBIs in his lone season for the A's, also staying off the disabled list for the first time in five major league seasons.

Lawrie was one of four players the A's received in a November 2014 trade with the Blue Jays that brought Josh Donaldson to Toronto. Donaldson won the American League Most Valuable Player award in leading the Jays to their first post-season appearance in 22 years.

With files from CBC Sports

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