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Lawrie knew trade was coming

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Shaun Marcum said he was surprised to be traded to the Brewers Brett Lawrie had the opposite reaction when he was shipped to the Blue Jays this week to balance the deal.
“It was something that I knew was going to happen,” Lawrie told reporters on Tuesday, a day after Milwaukee ad Toronto finalized their trade. “The Brewers obviously needed pitching, and knowing that I’m one of the top prospects, getting traded was obviously in the cards. I knew it was going to happen. I just didn’t know when.”
Lawrie is one of the top-ranked offensive prospects in the game. He entered the 2010 campaign listed at No.26 on MLB.com’s Top 50 prospects and likely will improve on that standing prior to the start of next season.
The trade is a homecoming of sorts for the native of Langley, British Columbia, who was a member of Team Canada at the 2009 World Baseball Classic and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“It’s something special,” Lawrie said of joining the only team that plays north of the border. “The opportunity for me to get to play Major League Baseball in any city is an honor, but this is a bonus because of the fact that it’s in Canada.
“I’m happy that I’m coming home, but there’s still a lot of work to be done, and now my path is to play Major League baseball and do it sooner than later.”
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All of the talk surrounding the former star of the Canadian Junior program hasn’t been positive. There have been whispers around baseball that Milwaukee had issues with his attitude, which, according to some, borders on cockiness.
The Blue Jays have never shied away from players who sometimes fall into that category, though. Jose Bautista had been similarly stereotyped earlier in his career and nobody has questioned catching prospect J.P. Arencibia’s belief in his own abilities.
What is considered cocky to one person can be taken by another as having the confidence required to succeed at the highest level.
“I had somebody who has been around the game for 30 years tell me he has never seen somebody play harder and you’ll never have an issue with him between the lines,” Anthopoulos said.
“Is he intense? Is he competitive? Yes. He’s somebody that plays the game to win. You’re not going to get 25 players that are cut from the same cloth. But I know one thing — his work ethic and the way he plays the game won’t be matched.”
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Trade blindsided Marcum

The Brewers and Blue Jays on Monday finalized a trade that came out of nowhere for right-hander Shaun Marcum, who said his agent, Rex Gary, had just begin conversations with the Jays about a contract extension. Marcum, who earned $950,000 last season, is arbitration-eligible and two seasons removed from free agency. 
Marcum said his representatives, Rex Gary and Jim Turner, had just begin conversations with the Blue Jays about a contract extension. Marcum, who earned $850,000 last season, is arbitration-eligible and two seasons removed from free agency. 
“It kind of caught me off-guard,” he said. “It was more of a phone call than a formal offer, just to see if we were interested, and two days later, the trade happened.”  
Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos wouldn’t talk about his own efforts to sign Marcum to an extension, and Brewers GM Doug Melvin said the prospect of similar talks between the Brewers and Marcum did “not necessarily” come into play during talks. 
“I’d like to meet him first,” Melvin said. “We’re always open to extensions. Sometimes they don’t happen. It’s obvious that we’ve got some players now that it hasn’t happened with. We’ll wait and see.” 
Marcum said he is open to the idea of an extension with Milwaukee. 
“My agent is down there right not and he asked me [on Sunday] if I would be open to it, and I told him yes,” Marcum said. “I’ve been to Milwaukee’s stadium and seen the guys they have and know the direction they’re going. I know the kind of fan support they get. It’s something I’m definitely interested in.” 
But there’s time to talk about the contract later, Marcum said. He could be introduced to the local media at Miller Park early next week. 
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