After acquiring Jed Lowrie (story here), the Oakland Athletics are getting interest from teams American League teams regarding infielders Brett Lawrie and Danny Valencia, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Of the two, Slusser mentions that Lawrie is the more likely of the two to be traded this offseason.
Lawrie, 25, is capable of playing both second and third base. He was acquired in an offseason trade last year in a deal that sent eventual American League MVP Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays, which turned out to be a major mistake by the A’s.
In 149 games with the Athletics in 2015, Lawrie hit .260 with 16 home runs and 60 RBI. In his five-year career, he has hit a combined .263 with 59 home runs and 217 RBI.
Valencia, 31, is capable of playing first and third base as well as left field. He was added around the middle of the season from the Blue Jays and played well in only 47 games with the Athletics, hitting a solid .284 with 11 home runs and 37 RBI.
With both the Athletics and Blue Jays in 2015, he hit .290 with 18 home runs and 66 RBI.
With the addition of Lowrie and the likely departure of Lawrie, it looks like we won’t have to deal with that confusion at all during the season.
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