The White Sox were actively looking for an upgrade at 3rd base this offseason and they have found their new starting 3rd basemen as they acquired Brett Lawrie from the Athletics on Wednesday in exchange for minor league pitchers Zachary Erwin and J.B. Wendelken. Lawrie has been a good offensive player throughout his career and he continued that success last season as he hit .260 with 16 home runs and 60 RBI’s. Lawrie fits well with the White Sox and this is a really good acquisition by Chicago especially since the 3rd base market is so weak this offseason. Meanwhile, Oakland is getting pitcher Zachary Erwin that put up mind-blowing stats last season. Erwin had a 1.34 ERA in rookie level and single-A last season, so it is possible that if he keeps putting up those kinds of numbers in the minor leagues that he could make it to Oakland very fast. It takes a special kind of player to put up those kind of stats at any level. Also, Wendelken might not have the potential that Erwin has. However, Wendelken is certainly really close to making it to the MLB level. He already has pitched in 12 games at Triple-A, so it is possible that Oakland could call him up during the 2016 season. He has a 4.10 ERA in the minor leagues which isn’t great, yet he could make an impact in Oakland’s bullpen at some point. The White Sox are getting a very quality player with the addition of Lawrie and the Athletics are getting a couple of prospects that could be up at the MLB level soon.
White Sox Grade: A – Lawrie provides a lot of stability at 3rd base for the White Sox and even though they are giving up some decent prospects this is still a very good trade for Chicago.
Athletics Grade: B- – I don’t like that the Athletics traded away Lawrie because he’s young and he was very productive last season. However, they did pick up a couple of pitchers that could be called up within the next year or 2, so Oakland still received a decent return for Lawrie.