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Oakland A's trade Brett Lawrie to Chicago White Sox for J.B. Wendelken and Zack Erwin

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Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Athletics have traded infielder Brett Lawrie to the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitchers Jeffrey "J.B." Wendelken and Zack Erwin, the A's announced. Wendelken was added to the 40-man roster last month to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft, so the A's remain at 38 players counting against the 40-man roster, pending the official signings of Ryan Madson and John Axford.

J.B. Wendelken, turning 23 next season, is a right-handed reliever who advanced to Triple-A after a strong Double-A campaign. He was drafted as by the Boston Red Sox in the 13th round of the 2012 Draft at age 19. In Double-A he struck out 56 and walked 11 in 43 innings before his promotion and had a 2.72 ERA. In his first stint in Triple-A he struck out 13 and walked five in 16 innings and had a 4.50 ERA.

Zack Erwin, 21, was Chicago's 4th round selection in the 2015 draft and was paid a $508,000 bonus, matching the slot allotted to the 112th overall pick. Some scouting notes from Chris Kusiolek on the left-handed starter:

In 15 games between the Rookie-level Pioneer League and Low-A South Atlantic League, Erwin struck out 30 and walked seven in 40 1/3 innings with a 1.34 ERA.