A’s trade 3B Brett Lawrie to White Sox for 2 minor league pitchers

Brett Lawrie
Oakland Athletics' Brett Lawrie celebrates his two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Athletics 6-4. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Athletics have traded third baseman Brett Lawrie, as the club had been expected to try to do during baseball’s winter meetings, sending him to the Chicago White Sox for right-hander J.B. Wendelken and minor league left-hander Zack Erwin.

The A’s announced the trade Wednesday night, leaving them with five remaining arbitration-eligible players, down from 12 last week. New general manager David Forst has made an improved pitching staff a priority.

Oakland had a full infield after acquiring shortstop Jed Lowrie from Houston on Nov. 25, leaving third basemen Lawrie and Danny Valencia as possible options to be dealt.

Lawrie hit .260 with career highs of 16 homers and 60 RBIs in his lone season for the A’s, also staying off the disabled list for the first time in five major league seasons.

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