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Blue Jays acquire Rajai Davis from A’s for Trystan Magnuson

Nov 17, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT


According to Ken Rosenthal of the Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Rajai Davis from the A’s, with MLB Trade Rumors reporting that Oakland will receive minor-league reliever Trystan Magnuson in return.

Oakland claimed Davis off waivers from San Francisco in early 2008 and he thrived in his first opportunity as a big-league regular the next season, hitting .305 with a .360 on-base percentage and 41 steals in 432 plate appearances.

Given a chance to be an everyday player this year Davis hit .284 with 50 steals, but posted a sub par .320 OBP and saw his OPS drop from .784 to .697.

By acquiring David DeJesus last week the A’s made Davis expendable and he’ll likely serve as the Blue Jays’ fourth outfielder, although he could be in line for a larger role depending on who else Toronto adds and where Jose Bautista plays defensively.

Magnuson was the 56th overall pick in the 2007 draft and the 25-year-old right-hander has a 3.53 ERA and 164/73 K/BB ratio in 227 pro innings, profiling as a potential middle reliever.

  1. apbaguy - Nov 18, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    Beane and DePodesta have certainly been busy. No question they had decided to upgrade in the OF, and despite his speed, Rajai had a few lapses on the basepaths this year. But the real problem was, and is, where do you play Carter? He’s no OF. So let’s see how soon we’re reading about a move of Cust to some MLB Siberia.

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 18, 2010 at 7:22 AM

    The Jays gave up Magnusson and Daniel Farquhar. Magnusson seems to be rounding into form nicely. I believe that he had Tommy John surgery after his first year in the minors. Farquhar had 17 saves in Double A last year. Magnusson is a candidate to pitch in the A’s bullpen next season.

    Davis will probably lead off for the Jays with Bautista moving to third.

    Nobody saw this coming because our new GM is notoriously closed mouthed about player moves. The GM’s who said that the Jays were the leading candidate to trade for Uggla were wrong. The Jays actually wanted to add speed rather than power.

  3. burtkauf - Nov 18, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    Another case of over-trading by the great Billy Beane.
    Davis was the No. 1 igniter on the A’s – and he was one of the good guys. Watch him have an even better year with Toronto, like the other players Beane has given away, eg Holiday, Reyes, Thomas.
    Magnusun had TJ surgery and is an unproven major leaguer. But as long as Beane keeps hiring low-grad managers and lets superior coaches like Washington and now pitching coach Curt YOung get away there is no hope for the A.s . More at

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