The Blue Jays traded the Brewers Marcum straight up for Brett Lawrie in what looks like a good trade for both teams. The Blue Jays get the Brewers top prospect in Lawrie the 16th pick in the 2008 who had a very nice showing this year in AA despite being only 20 years old. Lawrie was drafted as a catcher by the Brewers but was moved to second at his request where he is still learning defense. It is the defensive knock on Lawrie that is keeping him from the majors as his bat is already close to major league ready if you wanted to rush him up. Brett Lawrie also has the potential to be a real fan favorite hear in Toronto as he is from Canada and stared on the National Junior team. The one thing though that has to raise red flags for us Toronto fans is the Brewers likely completely gave up on Lawrie due to attitude issues, the main one being that he refused an assignment to the fall league which seems completely irrational given he is still learning a new position. Who knows maybe Lawrie has been trying to force a trade as he has been blocked going to the big club in Milwaukee by Rickie Weeks and that likely wasn't going to change meaning he would ride a lot of pine early in his career or be forced to switch positions again.
You always have to worry when you trade a know commodity like Marcum as they are really a suspect not a prospect, but sometimes you need to take a risk and it didn't look like we could resign Marcum and his value is high now. Lets hope the Brewers didn't swindle us like they did the Indians by dumping strikeout machine Matt LaPorta on them for CC Sabathia.
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