Oakland Athletics: A genie lamp
Billy Beane: *rubs genie lamp*
Genie: (appears) You have three wishes!
Beane: I just want Josh Donaldson back.
Genie: That’s it?
Beane: That’s it.
Genie: Alright, then. Your wish is my command.
I’d imagine the conversation would go something like that.
In November of 2014, the Athletics traded third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Brett Lawrie, Kendall Graveman, Sean Nolin, and Franklin Barreto. Donaldson, in his first season with the Blue Jays, blasted 41 home runs, slashed .297/.371/.568, and posted an 8.8 bWAR en route to his first MVP award. In the meantime, Lawrie, who was Donaldson’s replacement at third base, was just traded to the Chicago White Sox for two low-level pitchers.
While it is certainly too early to write the Donaldson trade off as a total loss, as we have yet to see the full potential of the prospects included in the deal, the A’s must certainly miss their third baseman. Donaldson has emerged as a superstar in this league and I’m sure Oakland would love to have him back.
Stocking Stuffers: a better stadium that doesn’t double as a football field in the winter, require barbed wire around the parking lot, or spew sewage every once in a while.