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Oakland A's trade rumors: different Brett Lawrie scenarios still in play, no deal with White Sox yet

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Ken Rosenthal and Chris Cotillo report that a deal with the White Sox isn't there yet, and Rosenthal says different scenarios could still be in play.

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While the Oakland Athletics appear to still be trying to work out a deal to trade Brett Lawrie to the Chicago White Sox, they have not ruled out other possibilities. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, reporting from the Winter Meetings in Nashville:

The market for second and third basemen remains fluid today after the Mets traded Jonathon Niese to the Pirates for second baseman Neil Walker, presumably foreclosing a reunion with free agent Daniel Murphy. The Mets moved to obtain the second baseman after Ben Zobrist finalized a deal to sign with the Cubs and rejected a deal with the Mets, and the Yankees traded for the Cubs' Starlin Castro in the wake of the Zobrist signing.

As for the White Sox, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that, "Despite reports that the sides were close to a deal as of late Tuesday, no deal has been agreed upon and the sides remain at work." Late Tuesday night, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reported, "Lawrie was close to being moved to the White Sox for two minor leaguers late Tuesday night. According to two big-league sources at the winter meetings, the teams were still discussing names for the return portion, but the Lawrie part was essentially settled."

Just spitballing here, but it seems the Pirates could use a second baseman now. Who knows if they're a late competitor for Lawrie's services?

UPDATE 1:52 PM: It appears the focus of discussion is still with the White Sox:

UPDATE 2:34 PM: Stiglich follows up his tweeted report with a dispatch from the Winter Meetings, saying "The A's and White Sox continued discussing a Brett Lawrie trade Wednesday afternoon, but it doesn't appear a sure thing that a deal gets done between the sides ... It's not out of the question the A's could try to engage other teams in trade talks, though a general feeling remains that a deal with the Sox could come to fruition."

UPDATE 3:35PM: A's general manager David Forst addressed Oakland beat writers:

UPDATE 3:41PM: With the hold up on Lawrie, the White Sox may be turning their attention to Reds third baseman Todd Frazier: