The Oakland Athletics traded 3B Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for INF Brett Lawrie and prospects Sean Nolin, Kendall Graveman and Franklin Barreto.
Donaldson was a catcher for the 2008 Peoria Chiefs, who were affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. He batted .217 with 6 HR and 23 RBI in 63 games with the Chiefs before being traded with three other players midseason to the A’s for pitchers Chad Gaudin and Rich Harden.
As a Milwaukee Brewers prospect, Lawrie batted .274 with 13 HR, 65 RBI and 19 SB in 105 games with the 2009 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The Brewers traded him to the Blue Jays for RHP Shaun Marcum in December 2010. He served short rehab stints with the Lansing Lugnuts during the 2012 Midwest League playoffs and the 2013 regular season.
Nolin, a left-handed pitcher, went 4-4 with a 3.49 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 108.1 IP for the 2011 Lugnuts. He made his major-league debut in 2013.
(See a better photo of Nolin that I shot at a Buffalo Bisons game this year here.)
Graveman, a right-handed pitcher, started 14 games for the 2013-14 Lugnuts, going 3-3 with a 2.73 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 66 IP.
Barreto, a shortstop, played in the Northwest League this year, batting .311 with 6 HR, 61 RBI and 29 SB in 73 games with the Vancouver Canadians. He likely will play with the A’s-affiliated Beloit Snappers next season.