Blue Jays acquire Josh Donaldson in a trade with the Athletics


Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Athletics have traded third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays. The deal has been confirmed by’s Jane Lee.

The Athletics will receive infielder Brett Lawrie along with minor league pitchers Kendall Graveman and Sean Nolin, and shortstop Franklin Barreto.

Donaldson, 28, had another productive season for the A’s, batting .255/.342/.456 with 29 home runs and 98 RBI in 695 plate appearances. One has to wonder how he’ll be affected by the turf at the Rogers Centre, however. Donaldson is a Super Two, which means he’ll be arbitration-eligible for four years rather than three, between 2015-18.

Lawrie, 24, missed 84 games in 2014 due to a fractured index finger when he was hit by a pitch, and a strained left oblique. When he was in the lineup, he hit .247/.301/.421 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 282 plate appearances. Lawrie is entering arbitration eligibility for the first time in his career and can become a free agent after the 2017 season.

Some info on the minor leaguers, via Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star:

Larry Walker to wear a Rockies cap on his Hall of Fame plaque

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I guess this came out the day he was elected but I missed it somehow: Larry Walker is going to have a Rockies cap on his Fall of Fame plaque.

While it was once solely the choice of the inductee, for the past couple of decades the Hall of Fame has had final say on the caps, though the request of the inductee is noted. This is done to prevent a situation in which a cap truly misrepresents history. This issue arose around the time Wade Boggs was inducted, as he reportedly had a deal with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to pick their cap on his plaque which, to say the least, would’ve been unrepresentative.

There have been some mildly controversial picks in the past, and some guys who would seem to have a clear choice have gone with blank caps to avoid upsetting the fan base of one of his other teams, but Walker’s doesn’t seem all that controversial to me.

Walker played ten years in Colorado to six years in Montreal and two years in St. Louis. His numbers in Colorado were substantial better than in Montreal. His MVP Award, most of his Gold Gloves, most of his All-Star appearances, and all of his black ink with the exception of the NL doubles title in 1994 came with the Rockies too. Walker requested the Rockies cap, noting correctly that he “did more damage” in a Rockies uniform than anyplace else. And, of course, that damage is what got him elected to the Hall of Fame.

Still, I imagine fans of the old Expos will take at least some issue here. Those folks tend to be pretty possessive of their team’s old stars. It’s understandable, I suppose, given that they’ve not gotten any new ones in a decade or two. Add in the fact that Walker played for the 1994 Expos team onto which people love to project things both reasonable and unreasonable, and you can expect that the Expos dead-enders might feel a bit slighted.

Welp, sorry. A Rockies cap is the right choice.  And that’s Walker’s cap will feature.