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A’s acquire David Purcey from Blue Jays for Danny Farquhar

Apr 18, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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Last week the Blue Jays designated David Purcey for assignment and today they traded the former first-round pick to the A’s for Danny Farquhar, who originally went from Toronto to Oakland in the Rajai Davis trade back in November.

Once upon a time I thought Purcey had a chance to be a solid mid-rotation starter after posting strong strikeout numbers in the minors, but his control never shaped up enough for that to happen and now he’s trying to make it back to the majors as a 28-year-old reliever.

Farquhar was a 10th-round pick in 2008 and, much like Purcey, has posted good strikeout numbers with poor control, but it probably doesn’t say much for his long-term potential that he’s been traded 2-for-1 for a mediocre outfielder and then traded back to his original team for a DFA’d reliever in the span of six months.

  1. APBA Guy - Apr 18, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    I wonder what the HBT policy is on “postworthy” news? This trade is so marginal that in my mind it’s clutter, and while I understand the “all the news that’s fit to print” approach, which is why I read Rotoworld, for this site, I’d prefer to see these kinds of deals summarized at the end of the day in one miscellaneous (did I spell that right?) post, something like “And furthermore”, because of the navigation challenges this site already has with too many posts. Thanks.

    • Chris K - Apr 19, 2011 at 3:16 AM

      As a Jays fan who has been paying special attention to the farm system, this story interests me. With AA’s focus on the future, I find it interesting, we got Farquhar back. Who’s next? Tim Collins?

  2. hasbeen5 - Apr 18, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Wasn’t Farquhar the dude in Shrek?

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