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A's Trade Josh Donaldson to Blue Jays

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Ca.) -- On Friday, the Oakland Athletics traded third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for third baseman Brett Lawrie.

Donaldson, 29, is considered one of the best players in baseball.  He had a WAR (Wins Above Replacement) rating second only to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout.

The A's also acquired right-hander Kendall Graveman, left-hander Sean Nolin and minor league shortstop Franklin Barreto.

"We addressed a lot of areas we thought we needed filled from our organizational standpoint," said Billy Beane, general manager of the Athletics.

Lawrie, 24, is considered a promising talent, but has been unable to remain healthy. A player with plus power, average and on-base skills, Lawrie has played in only 345 games the last four seasons, with a high of 125 in 2012. 

Oakland appears to be in a rebuilding phase after going all-in last season by acquiring pitchers Jon Lester, Jeff Samardzjia and Jason Hammel.  The team fell flat in the playoffs losing in the Wild Card to the Kansas City Royals.

The A's have also acquired designated hitter Billy Butler and first baseman Ike Davis this offseason.

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Athletics Sign Butler to Three Year Deal

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Ca) -- The Oakland Athletics have signed Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million contract.

Butler was a 2004 first round selection of the Kansas City Royals. This offseason, the Royals chose to pay Butler $1 million to buyout his contract.

In 2012, Butler was elected to the AL All-Star team when he hit .313 with 29 home runs and 107 RBI. Those numbers have taken a sharp dive this past season as he hit .271 with nine home runs and 66 RBI. 

Primarily a first basemen when his career began, Butler played 108 games in 2014 for the Royals as a designated hitter. He will likely continue in that role for the As. 

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Brett Anderson Dealt to Rockies 

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.) -- In an attempt to bolster their starting rotation, the Colorado Rockies acquired LHP Brett Anderson from the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday in exchange for pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Chris Jensen.

According to a source, the Rockies will also received $2 million from the A's to help offset Anderson's salary.  The 25-year-old Anderson went 1-4 with a 6.04 ERA last season in Oakland.  Injuries caused Anderson to make only five starts for the A's, including opening day.

Pomeranz went 0-4 with a 6.23 ERA in eight appearances for the Rockies last season, and he also spent time on the disabled list with left biceps tendonitis. Jensen went 5-8 with a 4.55 ERA in 152 1/3 innings for Class A Modesto.

"We had a lot of starting pitching, and in the acquisition of Pomeranz, it allows us to turn back the clock a little with another very talented left-hander," Oakland general manager Billy Beane said. "Brett's been with us for several years, and someone obviously with that kind of talent we think very highly of, but with the amount of guys we have, we knew we could use that to get younger guys with less service time, and that was attractive."

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A's Acquire SS Lowrie From Astros in Five-Player Deal 

Major League Baseball (OAKLAND, Calif) -- The Oakland Athletics have acquired shortstop Jed Lowrie and right-handed pitcher Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros in exchange for infielder Chris Carter and two minor leaguers.

The minor league players the Astros received were right-handed pitcher Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi.

Lowrie batted .244 with 16 home runs and 42 RBIs in 97 games with the Houston Astros last season.  He also missed two months of the season with thumb and ankle injuries.

"He always had good power for a guy in the middle of the infield," A's general manager Billy Beane said. "It's just hard to find that kind of power from a guy who can play the middle of the infield and doing it as a switch-hitter."

Peacock was driving from Florida to A's Spring Training in Phoenix when he received news of the trade.  He turned right around and headed back to the sunshine state.  The Astros hold their Spring Training in Kissimmee, Florida.

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Athletics Finalize Contract with Japanese Shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima

Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Oakland Athletics finalized a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima.

Through 11 seasons playing for the Pacific League's Seibu Lions, the 30-year-old Nakajima hit .302 with 162 home runs and was an eight-time All-Star.

"The more things we uncovered the longer we got into the winter, the more we realized this was the guy," Athletics general manager Billy Beane said. "We were a little concerned early on the competition might make it challenging for us financially. But as pieces started laying down with other clubs and positions were filled, I think that helped us."

The signing of Nakajima fills the void created by the departures of Stephen Drew and Cliff Pennington.

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