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November 29, 2014 at 10:03 AM

A big change in the AL West — A’s trade Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays

While some of you were recovering from Black Friday shopping and Thursday food comas and I was nursing this chest cold on Friday evening, the A’s were changing the face of their day to day lineup.

Oakland traded all-star third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for infielder Brett Lawrie, pitchers Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman and shortstop prospect Franklin Barreto.

On the surface it seems to be a win for the Blue Jays. Donaldson is one of the top 20 players in the AL. He’s a third baseman with power – those numbers should go up in Toronto – that also plays premium defense. Lawrie has potential but has been injury riddled for much of his big league career.

 

But GM Billy Beane has reassessed his team’s situatioin. Check out his comments to Jane Lee of MLB.com

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Not surprisingly, Beane is now rumored to be discussing a trade with the White Sox that would send pitcher Jeff Samardizja back to Chicago.

Here’s the rest of the reaction to the trade rounded up by MLB Trade Rumors

Of course, the reactions from some Mariners’ fans is …. “when are the Mariners going to do something?”

My guess is that the¬†courtship of Nelson Cruz by interested teams will go into next week’s winter meetings and possibly beyond. But that’s just a guess. As for trades, well, that’s even more difficult to put a timetable on.

Kyle Seager is supposed to be in Seattle this upcoming week to take his physical and finalize his 7-year, $100 million extension.

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