A’s fans, say good bye to speedster Rajai Davis. The A’s official website reported that the Athletics traded away the speedy outfielder who stole 50 bases this season. The A’s traded Davis to the Blue Jays in exchange for two minor league pitchers, Trystan Magnuson and Daniel Farquhar.
The moves comes shortly after the A’s acquired OF David DeJesus from the Kansas City Royals. DeJesus made the A’s already crowded outfield even more crowded. It only makes sense that the A’s got rid of an extra outfielder. Davis, 30, was obviously not in the A’s plans for the future. Davis’ played solid this year, and finished the season with a .284/.320/.377 line with five home runs and 52 RBIs in 143 games this year with Oakland.
Davis and fellow speedy OF Coco Crisp were to be a threat atop the A’s lineup, but an injury to Crisp early in the season ruined that speedy combination for most of the first half. The A’s stole 153 bases this year as a team, and Davis and Crisp accounted for 82 of them. Davis, who arrived in 2008, is the odd-man out in an A’s outfield that is set to include DeJesus, Crisp, Ryan Sweeney, Chris Carter and Connor Jackson, who is a non-tender candidate.
Magnuson, 25, came out of the 2007 First-Year Player draft, and has a career record of 8-10 and a 3.53 ERA in three minor league seasons. Farquhar, 23, posted a 4-3 record and recorded 17 saves this year in Double-A. The A’s, who are already a pitching-rich team heading into 2011, get even more pitching from this deal. For more on this deal, check out the A’s official site by clicking here.
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