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A’s acquire Deck McGuire from Blue Jays

Jul 25, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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Toronto has traded right-hander Deck McGuire to Oakland for cash considerations after designating the former first-round draft pick for assignment.

McGuire was the 11th overall pick in 2010 and his pro career got off to a good start, but he’s struggled against more experience competition and has an ERA above 5.00 between Double-A and Triple-A.

He put together a nice stretch at Double-A to begin this season, but then posted a 5.56 ERA in 10 starts following a promotion to Triple-A and at age 25 now looks like little more than organizational depth.

  1. lalocrawford503 - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Jesse Chavez, Tommy Milone, Brad Mills and Drew Pomeranz, maybe this McGuire kid can do something, wouldn’t be the first time or the last the A’s took a guy considered washed up and got them to perform at a high level.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Deck was never good enough to be considered washed up. He showed a slight improvement in 2013, so he was put on the 40 man roster; however, he did nothing to justify being on the roster, thus he was dumped. Unfortunately, many first round picks never have a decent career.

      • canadiansportsfan77 - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        A’s will turn him into a real SP. They do a real good job with developing young pitchers. He’d never reach his full potential with the Jays but I won’t be shocked if he is with the A’s next yr

  2. SocraticGadfly - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    If Colon were back in Oakland, McGuire would be his organizational lunch.

  3. yahmule - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    If I were Deck, I would have asked for a reshoot.

    • norcalfrog - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      or a rename…Deck?

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:48 PM


  4. proudlycanadian - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    McGuire was drafted 11th overall in 2010. He spent parts of 4 seasons in Double A with modest success. 4 games in 2011 where he was 2 & 1 with a 4.35 era. 28 games in 2012 where he was 5 & 15 with a 5.88 era. 27 games in 2013 where he was 9 & 10 with a 4.86 era. 10 games in 2014 where he was 3 & 4 with a 2.98 era. In 10 games at Triple A Buffalo this season, he was 3 & 5 with a 5.56 era. At the age of 25, his upside seems to be very minimal.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    The Jays had numerous draft picks in 2010 and drafted many pitchers. The #11 pick overall was McGuire who looks like a dud. # 34 overall Aaron Sanchez looks like a future stud. #38 Noah Snydergaard went to the Mets in the Dickey trade. He is highly rated but currently has a high era pitching in hitter friendly Triple A Lost Wages. #41 was Asher Wochiechowski who was sent to Houston in a mega body trade that essentially gave Toronto J. A. Happ. He has been injured much this year and has pitched poorly this season when not injured. I doubt that Blue Jay fans will ever regret the trade. #80 was Justin Nicolino who was traded to the Marlins. He is having a decent year in the minors and should have a career as a back end of the rotation pitcher. # 186 was Sam Dyson who was actually the first to reach the majors. He is currently pitching in Triple A for the Marlins and should have a career as a middle relief pitcher. #186 was Sean Nolin who has had an injury plagued season in Triple A Buffalo, but has pitched much better in the minors than McGuire and should have a major league career.

    • elpendejo59 - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Not to nitpick, but Dyson has been on the big club since 6/15. He is pitching fairly well in the short sample size of 10 2/3 innings. 10 K, 2.53 ERA, albeit with 5 walks.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        Thanks for the correction. He is one pitcher that the Jays made a mistake on. He was let go when the team needed a roster spot and they hoped that nobody would claim him.

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