The Oakland Athletics appear to be using the Winter Meetings, getting underway at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, as their opportunity to move Brett Lawrie. Early Saturday morning, ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted:
Other teams say Oakland is devoted to the idea of trading Brett Lawrie.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 6, 2015
And now a report from the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser citing industry sources confirms that devotion, saying that the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, and Chicago White Sox have interest in Lawrie and that the A's "are ... looking to move [the] infielder." She also says the "Yankees are thought to be a potential fit if they decide to add a second baseman."
Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti told MLB Network Radio today, "It's probably safe to say ... that if you're a corner bat or an outfielder that we are investigating those options." The Indians are hoping to improve on a year where they handed a combined 471 plate appearances to Giovanny Urshela and Lonnie Chisenhall. In that same clip, Antonetti replied to a question about trading from their available young pitchers by saying, "It's something we recognize as a strength of our team and it's something that we'd like to build upon moving forward but we're not going to be close-minded[.]"
The Tigers completed or are nearing signings for catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and reliever Mark Lowe. Incumbent third baseman Nick Castellanos only turns 24 next year as well while Ian Kinsler seems to have second base locked up for some time. If the A's want to move Lawrie to the Tigers, they might have to wait a little while:
Tigers focused on relief pitching at Winter Meetings. Could still tweak hitting, Avila said, but probably not this week.— Jason Beck (@beckjason) December 7, 2015
The White Sox finished a year where they were finished laughably poorly against left-handed pitching, their 74 wRC+ against southpaws was last in the American League. Lawrie hit lefties at a 128 wRC+ last year. At the moment, you can pencil in Mike Olt (waived off the Cubs in September) and Tyler Saladino (61 wRC+ in 254 plate appearances) at the top of their third base depth chart.
The Yankees have Chase Headley at third base, but they played six different infielders at second base in 2015, with most of the plate appearances going to now-free agent Stephen Drew. Dustin Ackley and Rob Refsnyder are expected to platoon at second base, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, but Yankees GM Brian "Cashman will continue monitoring the market to see if an upgrade is available."
(H/T to MLB Trade Rumors for collecting links and tweets.)