Brett Lawrie obliterated his previous highs for games played and plate appearances in his one and only season with the Athletics, but erosion in his plate discipline and power meant that he didn't take full advantage of the playing time windfall. Playing home games at O.co Coliseum also hurt Lawrie's value, as he hit 10 of his 16 home runs away from Oakland. Having been traded to the White Sox this offseason, park factors will be in Lawrie's favor once again, and his dual eligibility at second and third base also enhances his appeal. Even so, he is strictly an option in deeper mixed and AL-only leagues.
Lawrie agreed to a one-year, $4.125 million contract with the White Sox on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports. The 25-year-old was traded for the second consecutive offseason, moving from Oakland to Chicago last month. Lawrie's on-base percentage dipped yet again in 2015 -- his OBP has fallen every year since his debut -- but Lawrie hit a career-high 16 homers and drove in 60 runs in Oakland last season. He will play his home games in a much more hitter-friendly environment in 2016 as the White Sox's starting second baseman.
Lawrie was traded to the White Sox on Wednesday in exchange for pitchers Zachary Erwin and J.B. Wendelken. Lawrie will head to his fourth team after spending last season with the A's. He posted a career-low .706 OPS, but he played in a career-high 149 games and tallied 48 extra-base hits. He will become the White Sox' primary third baseman and figures to hit in the lower portion of the batting order.
Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie went 3 for 4 with a double and run scored in a 4-2 defeat of the White Sox on Thursday. Lawrie's bat appears to be coming alive again after a 2-for-19 five-game stretch earlier in the month. His latest effort marked his second multi-hit outing in the last three games, all against the White Sox, and raised his average over that span to .462 (6-for-13).
Athletics third baseman Danny Valencia (shoulder) remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox. Stiffness in Valencia's trapezius muscle resulted in the 30-year-old's scratch from Tuesday's lineup, and he'll be forced to sit again Wednesday. Brett Lawrie will start again at third base, but look for Valencia to push Lawrie back to the keystone once healthy, while likely also returning to the cleanup spot in the batting order.
A back issue caused Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie to be scratched from Sunday's lineup at Arizona, reports The San Francisco Chronicle. He was replaced by Eric Sogard.