Blue Jays add All-Star 3B Josh Donaldson For Brett Lawrie


(ISN) – The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have acquired All-Star 3B JOSH DONALDSON from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for 3B BRETT LAWRIE, LHP SEAN NOLIN, RHP KENDALL GRAVEMAN and minor league shortstop FRANKLIN BARRETO.

DONALDSON, 28, finished eighth in the American League MVP voting in 2014 after batting .255 with 31 doubles, 29 home runs and 98 RBI while posting an on-base percentage of .342. The 6-0, 220lb. right-handed hitter was 6th in the American League in walks (76), 8th in runs scored (93), 9th in home runs and total bases (289) and 10th in RBI and extra base hits (62). In the past two seasons the Pensacola, Florida native has appeared in 316 games with 182 runs scored, 68 doubles, 53 home runs, 191 RBI and 566 total bases. In his four seasons he has a career batting average of .268 with 63 home runs and 228 RBI in 405 games with a .347 on-base percentage and an OPS of .805.

LAWRIE, 24, appeared in 70 games for Toronto last season batting .247 with nine doubles, 12 home runs and 38 RBI with an on-base percentage of .301. In four seasons with Toronto has hit .265 with 61 double, 43 home runs and 157 RBI in 345 games.

NOLIN, 24, spent most of the 2014 season with Buffalo where he posted a 4-6 record last season with a 3.50 ERA in 17 starts. The left-hander appeared in one game for Toronto in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons, posting a 0-1 record and a 27.00 ERA.

GRAVEMAN, 23, combined to post 14-6 record last season with a 1.83 ERA in 27 starts while pitching for Lansing (A), Dunedin (A), New Hampshire (AA) and Buffalo (AAA). In five relief appearances with Toronto was 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA.

BARRETO, 18, hit .311 last season for the Vancouver Canadians with 23 doubles, six home runs and 61 RBI in 73 games. In his two minor league seasons has hit .296 with 10 home runs and 61 RBI.