The Oakland A's and Toronto Blue Jays did some shopping on Black Friday by trading their third basemen. The A's sent All-Star Josh Donaldson to Toronto for Canadian born Brett Lawrie. In addition to Lawrie, the A's also acquired pitchers Kendall Graveman and Sean Nolin and minor league shortstop Franklin Barreto.
I'm sure A's fans are wondering if GM Billy Beane has been drinking Jim Beam. For a team in search of offense, the A's have just dealt one of their top offensive players. Donaldson has finished in the top ten in AL MVP balloting the past two seasons while Lawrie missed 92 games due to a litany of injuries (although he did hit a career high 12 HR in 2014). However, Lawrie is younger. He turns 25 in January while Donaldson turns 29 next month. Donaldson may have reached his peak while Lawrie is still in his acsension. Of course, if Lawrie doesn't pan out for Oakland, they still have three other prospects who could yield results. So it might not be such a bad deal for Oakland after all.