Toronto Blue Jays History

Toronto Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson Acquisition Revisited

Evan Gignac
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) throws late to first base as New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (not pictured) reaches with an RBI infield single during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) throws late to first base as New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (not pictured) reaches with an RBI infield single during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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July 9, 2020; Oakland, California, United States; Oakland Athletics infielder Franklin Barreto (1) prepares for batting practice while wearing a face mask during a Spring Training workout at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
July 9, 2020; Oakland, California, United States; Oakland Athletics infielder Franklin Barreto (1) prepares for batting practice while wearing a face mask during a Spring Training workout at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

A Pair of Prospects

The two lesser known names in this trade, contrary to Brett Lawrie, are actually still mossing around in Major League Baseball. Left-handed pitcher Sean Nolin and infielder Franklin Barreto were part of the package to Oakland, and were highly thought of prospects at one point. Heading into 2014, they ranked 5th and 18th at one time in the Blue Jays system, respectively.

Sean Nolin never attained the success that was once thought possible. His tenure with the Athletics was short-lived, as he lasted only one season. His 2015 season saw him make six starts and pitch to a 5.28 ERA. He wouldn’t see the Major Leagues again until this past season with the Washington Nationals. He took part in 10 games, including five starts, and had a 4.39 ERA. Long story short, there was little impact made to the Athletics from Sean Nolin. The southpaw recently re-signed with the Nats on a new minor league contract.

Franklin Barreto actually had some hype around him during this time in the Blue Jays organization, and maybe even more after he was traded. He was viewed as a multi-tooled, high potential infielder. He had put up fantastic minor league numbers in his career. Unfortunately for Barreto, this performance never found itself in the Majors. His career OPS+ currently sits at 47 during his time between the Athletics and most recently the Angels. He did not appear this past season, and his potential as an athletic, high impact infielder has yet to be realized. Baretto is currently a free agent.

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