It’s time for the Blue Jays to take advantage of the Oakland A’s again

We’re about one month from the seven-year anniversary of arguably the best trade of Alex Anthopolous’ tenure with the Blue Jays.

On Nov. 28, 2014, Anthopolous came out of nowhere and acquired Josh Donaldson from the Oakland A’s in exchange for Brett Lawrie, Franklin Baretto, Kendall Graveman, and Sean Nolin.
There was a little bit of skepticism around the trade at the time. Lawrie was a fan favourite who many believed was still a key part of the future and the difference between him and Donaldson didn’t seem as steep as the trio of prospects Toronto sent back. Barreto had just put together a big season in Low-A and both Graveman and Nolin appeared to have mid-to-back-end rotation upside in the near future.
Now, with the benefit of hindsight, it’s pretty hilarious to think that there was any doubt about this deal. It was an absolute fleecing.
Donaldson won the American League MVP in 2015 and helped the Blue Jays reach the ALCS in back-to-back years. Lawrie played one season in Oakland and fell off the grid shortly after. Nolin pitched 29 innings for Oakland in 2015 and randomly resurfaced in 2021 with the Nationals. Graveman posted a 4.38 ERA over parts of …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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