Brett Lawrie signs autographs for fans prior to a game at Safeco Field in 2012 when he was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Lawrie was traded from Toronto to Oakland last week.

Brett Lawrie signs autographs for fans prior to a game at Safeco Field in 2012 when he was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Lawrie was traded from Toronto to Oakland last week.

Lawrie on the move from Jays to A’s

Langley's Brett Lawrie traded from Toronto to Oakland

Brett Lawrie will soon be playing closer to home.

Lawrie was part of a trade late Friday night, moving from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Oakland Athletics.

Lawrie and three minor leaguers were traded for Josh Donaldson, 28, one of the top players in the American League. Donaldson is coming off an all-star season.

 

 

 

 

Lawrie, 24, is coming off an injury-plagued season.

The Brookswood Secondary graduate played in the Langley Blaze Premier baseball program and was a first round draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008, becoming the highest-ever positional player (non-pitcher) when he was selected 16th overall.

The Blue Jays acquired Lawrie in 2010 and after a solid first season, has struggled with injuries the last two years.

He made his Major League debut on Aug. 4, 2011.

Lawrie has played in 345 games with Toronto and has a .265 batting average, 43 home runs and 157 RBIs.

Lawrie has represented Canada both at the junior level and the senior level, including the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

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