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Oakland A’s trade 3B Matt Chapman to Toronto Blue Jays for prospects

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The Oakland Athletics have traded away another former All-Star, sending third baseman Matt Chapman to the Toronto Blue Jays for four prospects, the A’s announced Wednesday.

The rebuilding A’s will receive four minor league prospects — right-handed pitcher Gunnar Hoglund, IF Kevin Smith and left-handed pitchers Zach Logue and Kirby Snead.

Chapman, 28, is a three-time Gold Glove winner (2018, 2019 and 2021) and was an All-Star in 2019. He spent his first five seasons with Oakland, registering a .243 career batting average.

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Chapman’s average has dropped every season since a career-high .278 in 2018. Last season, he beat just .210, with 27 home runs and 72 RBIs, while striking out more than 200 times.

Chapman is the latest All-Star to be traded by the A’s. Oakland sent right-hander Chris Bassitt to the New York Mets last week for a pair of minor league pitchers, and on Monday the A’s traded first baseman Matt Olson to the Atlanta Braves.

The addition of Chapman is the latest move in a busy offseason for the Blue Jays, who lost reigning Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray and star infielder Marcus Semien as free agents but also signed free-agent pitchers Jose Berrios, Kevin Gausman and Yusei Kikuchi to fortify their starting rotation.

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