NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Athletics and White Sox are in "serious discussions" about a deal that would send Brett Lawrie to Chicago, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Despite reports that the sides were close to a deal as of late Tuesday, no deal has been agreed upon and the sides remain at work.
Lawrie has drawn interest from multiple clubs in recent weeks, with the Angels, Indians and Tigers reportedly among the most intrigued. Oakland's addition of Jed Lowrie made it likely that the A's would look to trade Lawrie due to the weak free-agent market for third baseman.
The White Sox currently have Mike Olt slated to start at third base and Carlos Sanchez as the projected starter at second base, so it was expected that they would try to acquire a proven infielder at the Winter Meetings. They appear to be moving toward a deal for Lawrie, who has the ability to play both second and third and would start for the ChiSox.
Lawrie, 25, hit .260/.299/.407 with 16 homers with the Athletics after being acquired in last winter's Josh Donaldson trade. He is a veteran of five major-league seasons with the Blue Jays (2011-14) and White Sox (2015).