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Tampa Bay Rays Rumors: Team Considering Signing Brett Lawrie

Brett Lawrie could now be on the move for the third time in his career following his release by the Chicago White Sox on Friday afternoon.

Not long after being placed on waivers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that the Tampa Bay Rays were at least considering the addition of infielder Brett Lawrie, as a potential backup for Evan Longoria as well as depth for the entirety of their infield currently structured heading into 2017.

Topkin also noted that the team finds his right-handed bat intriguing.

Jim Bowden of ESPN reported on Sunday afternoon that three other teams had been added to the mix, with the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets and Kansas City Royals all showing interest in the free agent's services.

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The Chicago White Sox, who were looking to shake up their roster ahead of opening day, made a rather significant move on Friday afternoon as the team made a decision to cut ties with Lawrie.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN was first to report the roster transaction, which was later followed up by a club announcement, stating that the intention was to place him on waivers before officially granting the 27-year-old his unconditional release.

https://twitter.com/jcrasnick/status/837728957285953536

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Lawrie, a native of Langley, BC, spent just one season in the Windy City after having been traded by the Oakland Athletics, who landed him in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, who would land slugging third baseman Josh Donaldson as the exchange piece in the deal back in November of 2014.

Prior to the completion of this blockbuster deal at the time, Lawrie had made an appearance in 345 games played over the course of our seasons in Toronto from 2011-14.

During his tenure with the White Sox, Lawrie hit with a slash line of .248/.310/.413 to go alongside 12 home runs and 36 RBI's in a total of 94 games played.

As noted by CBC Sports, Lawrie will receive a termination salary of $573,000 if not claimed by another organization, which is currently seen as an unlikely scenario, as opposed to the $3.5 million US which he initially agreed to in December as part of his non-guaranteed contract.

Lawrie did show up to the club's spring training facility in Glendale, Arizona, however, has not participated in any on-field activity as he continues to recover from an injury in which has seen him seated dating back to July 21, 2016.

Lawrie, who is a client of CAA Sports, was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round (16th overall) of the 2008 amateur draft, however, would later end up with the Blue Jays where he stood out as a highly-touted prospect with extraordinary abilities before eventually joining the squad for his major league debut in August of 2011. He would later go on to play three more seasons before seeing himself head outwards to California.


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