The Chicago White Sox have acquired third baseman Brett Lawrie from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for left-handed pitcher Zachary Erwin and right-hander J.B. Wendelken.
Lawrie, 25, established career bests in virtually every category in 2015, batting .260 (146-562) with 29 doubles, 16 home runs, 60 RBI and 64 runs scored over 149 games with Oakland, his first season with the club. The 6-foot, 210-pound Lawrie hit .293 (46-157) with a .341 on-base and .484 slugging percentage vs. right-handed pitching. He made 106 starts at third base and 40 at second base with the A’s.
Lawrie, a native of Langley, British Columbia, is a career .263 (491-1,866) hitter with 59 homers, 217 RBI and 231 runs scored in 494 games over five major-league seasons with Toronto (2011-14) and the Athletics (2015). He has hit at least 10 home runs in each of the last four seasons.
Lawrie originally was selected by Milwaukee in the first round (16th overall) of the 2008 draft. He was traded by the Brewers to Toronto in exchange for pitcher Shaun Marcum on December 6, 2010 and by the Blue Jays to Oakland on November 28, 2014 in a five-player deal that included Josh Donaldson.
Erwin, 21, went 2-2 with a 1.34 ERA (6 ER/40.1 IP) and 30 strikeouts over 15 games (seven starts) with Advanced Rookie Great Falls and Class A Kannapolis in 2015, his first professional season. He was selected by the White Sox out of Clemson University in the fourth round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.
Wendelken, 22, combined to go 6-2 with a 3.20 ERA (21 ER/59.0 IP), five saves and 69 strikeouts over 39 relief appearances last season between Class AA Birmingham and Class AAA Charlotte. He has gone 17-14 with a 4.10 ERA (139 ER/305.0 IP) and 304 strikeouts in 115 career appearances (27 starts) in the Boston and Chicago organizations from 2012-15. Wendelken was acquired by the White Sox on July 30, 2013 as part of a three-team trade involving the Red Sox and Detroit.