Blue Jays Acquire Rajai Davis

The Blue Jays added to their outfield mix today by acquiring speedster Rajai Davis from the Athletics for minor league relievers Danny Farquhar and Trystan Magnuson.  The Jays also released righty Shawn Hill, according to a press release.

Davis, 30, became more expendable for Oakland after they acquired David DeJesus from the Royals.  Davis slipped to .284/.320/.377 this year in 561 plate appearances for the A's, playing all three outfield positions but mainly center.  It's not clear how the Jays will employ him, but capable center fielders are a rare commodity.  We named him as a trade candidate back on October 25th.  Davis is arbitration eligible for the second time this winter and potentially under team control through 2013.

Farquhar, 24 in February, posted a 3.52 ERA, 9.3 K/9, 4.9 BB/9, and 0.82 HR/9 in 76 2/3 Double-A innings this year.  Baseball America ranked him 14th among Jays prospects heading into the season, noting that he effectively uses multiple arm angles to keep hitters off balance.  The Blue Jays reportedly offered him to the Marlins as part of a deal for Dan Uggla.

Magnuson, a 25-year-old righty, posted a 2.58 ERA, 7.7 K/9, and 1.2 BB/9 with only one home run allowed in 73 1/3 Double-A innings this year.  Heading into the season BA had him 22nd among Jays prospects.

Hill, 30 in April, has undergone Tommy John surgery twice in his career but was solid in 15 pro starts this year.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first tweeted the deal was close, while MLBTR added Magnuson's inclusion.


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154 Comments on "Blue Jays Acquire Rajai Davis"


4 years 9 months ago

Just a really good move by AA.

coachofall
4 years 9 months ago

i’m hoping this is sarcasm….giving anything of value for a arbitration eligible 4th OF is hardly a good move

BlueJays45
4 years 9 months ago

The Jays get the lead-off man they need so badly…plus an avid base stealer. And what are you saying 4th outfielder? We gave up a 25 and 24 year old prospect for him…and Farquhar had a bad season last year, I don’t see him doing very well in the bigs, and Magnuson definitely isn’t closer material. If the Jays are planning on making a playoff run, this rounds their team out well, and they didn’t give much for him either.

oleosmirf
4 years 9 months ago

i wouldn’t call him a 4th OF but a .320 OBP for a leadoff hitter is fairly low.

mozelpuffski
4 years 9 months ago

unless you dont have faith in what you gave up or you have a lot more people ahead of them on your depth chart; you fill a need with a quality player. not sure what is wrong with this trade at all. he is only a stop gap measure.

4 years 9 months ago

Rajai Davis is better than a 4th outfielder. He stole 50 bases last year and can play all outfield positions. The Blue Jays needs a leadoff man, and surrendering two mediocre “prospects” for it is a solid trade.

4 years 9 months ago

yea and why would the jays possible need to add to their group of 5 or 6 outfielders fighting for a position.

4 years 9 months ago

really? Jose Bautista moves to 3rd now and Davis is the starting right fielder? Lewis is number 4 for sure… if he’s even offered a contract. otherwise Darin Mastroianni fills in as number 4

mozelpuffski
4 years 9 months ago

if anything he will be in left field and snider will be at 1st. bautista will stay in right. that is where he wants to be. otherwise davis is the 4th. lewis wont be a jay after this off season. wise is already gone. they are not sold on any one of their more mlb ready o/f.

FriedCalamari
4 years 9 months ago

we just acquired a guy who can steal 35+ SBs when was the last time Jays had someone like that? Shannon Stewart? I don’t think he’ll be our 4th… his SB decent BA hell even above average OBP on our team is far more valuable for us for him to play everyday vs 4th outfielder

mozelpuffski
4 years 9 months ago

he wont surplant wells snider or bautista. and yes i do believe jose will be in rf – that is unless we trade snider then davis will be in left.

FriedCalamari
4 years 9 months ago

you may be right, the offseason has just started. If AA doesn’t acquire a 3B and puts Bautista there and Davis into RF opening day, I wouldn’t be too upset. 2011 is still a building year and I think Davis could have a very positive affect for our offense. Regardless I’m very excited as to what AA plans to do during this off-season.

4 years 9 months ago

What 5 outfielders fighting for a spot exactly? If Bautista moves to third, there’s a shortage of outfielders (pre-Davis trade). Dewayne Wise and Fred Lewis are not going to be on the team next year. Travis Snider is guaranteed in Lf, Vernon Wells is guaranteed in CF. So where are these 6 OF’s coming from exactly?

4 years 9 months ago

Uh, why would Vernon Wells stay in CF when Davis is a much better one?

4 years 9 months ago

Because I don’t think Vernon will be happy about moving. Note: just an opinion.

4 years 9 months ago

Vernon Wells has the least room to complain than any person on the face of this earth.

4 years 9 months ago

Am I the only one who sees nothing wrong with having to change from CF and RF? It’s not like you are getting your playing time diminished or being benched. You are literally just moving over.

Sniderlover
4 years 9 months ago

If Tori Hunter can do it for a rookie… Wells should do it as well. Hunter is a better defender as well and personally, it should help him and take some pressure off him.

mozelpuffski
4 years 9 months ago

because vernon is a better centre fielder. anyone on this site that thinks otherwise needs to watch more games and stop writing about what they do not know.

4 years 9 months ago

Really? umm…. anybody want to take care of this?

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 9 months ago

can’t you tell that he’s being sarcastic?
i mean, he has to be. right?

mozelpuffski
4 years 9 months ago

you dont actually think davis is a better cf then vernon do you? seriously now dude is 30 and cant get a ft role in oakland. wheels are one thing but owning cf is another. vernon has one of the best eyes in the game. watch him snag flyballs dude knows where the ball will land, when it will land, and when he needs to get there to catch it. Vernon only gets so much flak cause ppl are jealous of his contract or they expect more from him cause of what he is paid.

Jason_F
4 years 9 months ago

561 plate appearances sure seems like a full time role to me. Davis is absolutely better than Wells in CF. It so so happens that wheels are very important when considering a CF’s prowess on defense. Wells has gotten progressively worse in the field over the past several years. Not that UZR is the be all, end all of fielding metrics, but they say to have an accurate portrayal of someone’s defense, you need three years of data. The past three years, Wells measures in at -21.8, -18.4, -7 UZR/150. Have you ever even seen Davis play in CF? He’s very good.

Jason_F
4 years 9 months ago

561 plate appearances sure seems like a full time role to me. Davis is absolutely better than Wells in CF. It so so happens that wheels are very important when considering a CF’s prowess on defense. Wells has gotten progressively worse in the field over the past several years. Not that UZR is the be all, end all of fielding metrics, but they say to have an accurate portrayal of someone’s defense, you need three years of data. The past three years, Wells measures in at -21.8, -18.4, -7 UZR/150. Have you ever even seen Davis play in CF? He’s very good.

4 years 9 months ago

I’ll tell you why: $23,000,000.

4 years 9 months ago

If the Blue Jays actually had such group of outfielders, I’d agree. Given their actual situation, I don’t agree.

HipNip2009
4 years 9 months ago

The offensively challenged Giants found Davis lacking. That should be a hint.

4 years 9 months ago

They must have thought Joe Nathan was worthless too–just because they traded him.

Nice logic (<<<—–sarcasm)

4 years 9 months ago

You realize that was about 2 season ago? In 2007-08, he played in 69 games for the Giants.

In 369 games with the A’s since 2008, Davis had 116 steals. That should be a hint as to why Toronto wants him

not_brooks
4 years 9 months ago

Two guys who could potentially step into bullpen roles by the end of 2011 for a fourth outfielder.

Nice.

4 years 9 months ago

mediocre bullpen arms are a dime a dozen… Finding an athletic center fielder who can steal bases is not… Another solid move, very similar to the Wallace for Gose trade where a much harder to find type of talent is acquired for quality, but replaceable talent that is easy to come by.

4 years 9 months ago

Only problem being that Davis is 30 years old and Gose is like 21 but I get your point.

coachofall
4 years 9 months ago

He’s not a centerfielder! he’s a fast 30 year old baseball player. Not a starter on a good team, and about to get more expensive than he is worth through arbitration. There is no way the Jays intend on making him their full time starter let alone in CF

4 years 9 months ago

He can play CF. He posted a 8 UZR in 2009 (although -8 in 2010). Lol.

baseballz
4 years 9 months ago

I agree ! And why not wait until after the deadline to offer arbitration ? Davis was a lock to be non tendered and then we could have picked him up for nothing. Its not like the A’s don’t have 8 outfielders of their own to find spots for(yes i know im exagerating). Still, just because the Marlins didn’t want these guys doesn’t mean they were useless.

4 years 9 months ago

If Davis had been non-tendered, there’s a good chance many teams would have tried to sign him. Giving up two minor league relievers to avoid competition is a solid risk for a team to take.

alxn
4 years 9 months ago

not really for a player of this caliber

4 years 9 months ago

Teams wouldn’t be interested in a plus defender with 50 SB on his resume?

alxn
4 years 9 months ago

I’m probably overvaluing the prospects the Jays gave up. Davis is definitely a decent player but not a starter on most teams. He’s expensive for a 4th OF too.

not_brooks
4 years 9 months ago

Agreed on the “replaceability” of bullpen arms, but there’s no way Davis is going to play center with Wells’ contract out there.

And we all saw first hand that Davis isn’t a capable starter when he put up a .320 OBP when given a starting role last year.

In the end, this is a very even trade. Magnuson and Farquhar are both interesting bullpen pieces, but they’re both still minor leaguers and Davis is a solid athlete, but he’s still a fourth outfielder.

4 years 9 months ago

yeah but his .280 avg is better than anyone else on the team (now that buck is gone) all he needs to do is improve his walks, which with good coaching can help. And yes, of course he won’t be playing center.. In AA we trust, has he made a bad move yet?? Obviously he has something up his sleeve to make these relievers replaceable

4 years 9 months ago

You don’t think the coaching staff in Oakland tried to help him with pitch recognition and laying off pitches?

not_brooks
4 years 9 months ago

86 walks in 1455 big league plate appearances = 6% walk rate

246 walks in 2732 minor league plate appearances = 9% walk rate

I’d love to meet the hitting coach who can fix that. Maybe that coach can take a look at Corey Patterson as well. If Raj was 23, I’d be on board with you, but at 30, he is what he is.

mozelpuffski
4 years 9 months ago

he wont walk more but his hr slg and ops are going to go up. skydome is a more friendly confines to hit in… he is a better dwayne wise. he will spell our o/f throughout the season and pinch run.

Andy Mc
4 years 9 months ago

+1

4 years 9 months ago

i didnt mean he was replacing him, simply he is of CF quality, which is not nearly as easy to come by as a reliever

pastlives
4 years 9 months ago

hmm a couple interesting bullpen pieces going to Oakland, now I’m REALLY curious to how the Jays plan on (re)building a bullpen this year.

pastlives
4 years 9 months ago

Also, this seems like a pretty balanced trade, I have no clue who’s going to win out on this.

4 years 9 months ago

Jays badly needed some one to lead off, and had some spare bullpen arms… seems like the trade made sense for both sides

not_brooks
4 years 9 months ago

Good luck with Rajai leading off. He’s got speed to burn, but he can’t take a pitch to save his life.

4 years 9 months ago

He posted a .360 OBP in 2009, 2007 which is pretty good by Jays standards.

ukJaysfan
4 years 9 months ago

He doesn’t need to. Dwayne Murphy will have him swinging from the heels and he’ll hit 35 home runs in 2011…..

kimofromkauai
4 years 9 months ago

Assuming that Davis will make about $3M in arbitration and was a non tender candidate in Oakland after Crisp was resigned and DeJesus was acquired I think that Toronto way overpaid for for Rajai. He is not a good leadoff man or center fielder.

Ian_Smell
4 years 9 months ago

They should call themselves the Blue Jais.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 9 months ago

or we could call him Rajay Davis

4 years 9 months ago

lol good one

4 years 9 months ago

First trade that AA hasn’t won.

pastlives
4 years 9 months ago

haha give it time man, let’s let either of the 2 RPs actually do something in the majors first

4 years 9 months ago

by whose standards?

Sniderlover
4 years 9 months ago

It’s just 2 ok relievers that aren’t really worth much. Davis isn’t worth much either but at least he gives this team something: speed which has been lacking for years. I don’t think he’ll leadoff unless he somehow manages to get around .350 OBP but he is still a decent player who will fit in nicely.

It’s not a mind blowing trading but a good trade for both sides.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

he didn’t lose either

FriedCalamari
4 years 9 months ago

you serious? why is so many people QQing over 2 minor league relievers? When AA just acquired somebody who can potentially have a significant impact on the dynamic of our offense next year? an OF who can steal 30+ for two relievers who haven’t touched the majors..? I’d make that trade anyday. His BA and OBP are above average for Jays standards too

j96
4 years 9 months ago

good move AA is going to have to build bullpen now i bet he pulls off a few trades and sign a big free agent

PJaysW
4 years 9 months ago

i don’t understand this sentiment. please tell me which of Farquar or Magnusen was definitely going to be in the Jays bullpen next year?

mozelpuffski
4 years 9 months ago

neither

johnsmith4
4 years 9 months ago

25 year old AA relievers are not good candidates for the bullpen. Maybe he picks up some 22 year old AA pitchers through Rule 5 drafs.

Shame JP never held onto Randy Wells

4 years 9 months ago

… Not sure why Hill was released. Is Alex planning a big run on the Rule 5 draft or something?

Though I’ve always been a little irrational in my liking of Shawn Hill, since he’s from my hometown.

4 years 9 months ago

I was a bit confused about the Hill thing as well.

Dan Gorgone
4 years 9 months ago

+1 on Shawn Hill. Just the type of reclamation project I can see Theo Epstein taking a look at.

PJaysW
4 years 9 months ago

lol nothing like an absolutely ridiculous way to hype theo.

PJaysW
4 years 9 months ago

is that mississauga or georgetown? they always seem to tout him as being from one of those two places. I’m pretty sure he went to E.C. Drury or Bishop whatever in Milton, so that complicates it further. I grew up in the ‘saug, but now i’m in georgetown.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

he’s not a BAD pitcher by any stretch of the imagination, he could easily be a middle of the rotation starter if he can stay healthy, I dont get the release either.. Unless ofcourse he asked for it so he can go find a job as a starter somewhere.

Sniderlover
4 years 9 months ago

I’d assume that’s what he did and I think AA was nice enough to grant him that. He would likely be a reliever here which wouldn’t be a bad thing considering his arm.

4 years 9 months ago

AA has something up his sleeve. He always does.

4 years 9 months ago

Arms. And we all do.

Well most of us anyways (sorry to any one or no armers out there)

smokinjays
4 years 9 months ago

No worries, most no-armers can’t type.

Andy Mc
4 years 9 months ago

AA definitely has a few quality arms up his sleeve(s).

braincapers
4 years 9 months ago

The Jays have potentially 10 SP ready for the show. So five need to play somewhere.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

more like 7, 10 is a little much

Andy Mc
4 years 9 months ago

Morrow/Romero/Marcum/Cecil/Drabek /RZep/Stewart/Mills/Richmond/Litsch/Ray

14 Rocks
4 years 9 months ago

Looks like a great deal for the Jays. A lead-off hitting, base stealing CF for nothing but a couple of minor league relief pitchers.

not_brooks
4 years 9 months ago

To another uninformed Jays fan, good luck with Rajai leading off. Just because a guy has speed doesn’t mean he’s a leadoff hitter.

4 years 9 months ago

He posted a .360 OBP in 2009, 2007 which is pretty good by Jays standards.

not_brooks
4 years 9 months ago

I’ll give you 2009, but he had only 190 at bats in 2007.

eviola1
4 years 9 months ago

Whatever, he was basically free.

alxn
4 years 9 months ago

you still have to pay him, which is probably why the A’s got rid of him. they probably wouldn’t have tendered him a contract anyways

johnsmith4
4 years 9 months ago

He posted .320 OBP in 2010 which is also pretty good by Jays standards for a right-handed batter.

TheodoreRoosevelt
4 years 9 months ago

The jury is out on this one. Rajai looks to be a bit too inconsistent and there’s no way of telling how the prospects will turn out; could swing either way. Certainly not a slam-dunk win for either GM at this point.

4 years 9 months ago

This trade to me says the Jays will move Bautista to 3rd and Lewis/Davis split time in RF.

4 years 9 months ago

There is absolutely NO WAY that Fred Lewis will play half the games in RF for the Blue Jays next year.

4 years 9 months ago

Lewis’s defense is just horrible, and he’s not that fast. Rajai is a way better defender and base stealer

4 years 9 months ago

Well I think Davis is more of an everyday player than Lewis. Davis starts 130 games or so? I’m just saying that we all know Wells is stamped in CF. Snider in LF. There could be some games where Bautista plays right while McDonald plays 3rd. Or, AA isn’t done making moves.

4 years 9 months ago

AA isn’t done making moves and I’m positive that he won’t bring back Lewis. Lewis is just bad.

4 years 9 months ago

I’m not disagreeing with you. I would like to get an everyday 3rd baseman and keep Jose in the outfield. But that’s just me.

baseballz
4 years 9 months ago

What I’m worried about with all these guys the jays are dfaing is why hasn’t Lewis been released yet ??? I would have sworn Hill would have been much more valuable then Lewis is, but it looks like AA knows something.

Dev0
4 years 9 months ago

I think AA won this deal, he got a MLB player for 2 guys who likely won’t make it or might be one of those injury callup types. The jays have lots of Pitchers who can go to the pen because they won’t win starting jobs.

johnsmith4
4 years 9 months ago

Let’s see how Farqs and Maggs does in the PCL.

4 years 9 months ago

I’m OK with this as a Jays fan. It’s November. Let’s see how the rest of the pieces of the puzzle shake out. If they’re counting on Davis to be their every day leadoff hitter and starting left fielder, I’ll be a bit concerned, but who knows what the plan is as of today. Davis is an OK piece.

blackandorangepride
4 years 9 months ago

the A’s are taking a huge risk with their team they’re gonna have the most fragile outfield next year,they seriously need to find durable players.

4 years 9 months ago

wait? Who are the fragile outfielders?

4 years 9 months ago

Coco Crisp, Conor Jackson, Ryan Sweeney. And with the A’s history of injuries, I wouldn’t be surprised if David DeJesus went on the DL this upcoming season.

blackandorangepride
4 years 9 months ago

I wouldn’t be surprised either if they non-tendered Jackson it would be a mistake they need depth in the OF.The loss of Rajai doesn’t make sense to me because he was one of the few durable players the A’s had and if they get injured early Michael Taylor would have to be rushed.

alxn
4 years 9 months ago

They have Michael Taylor waiting in AAA

blackandorangepride
4 years 9 months ago

I know but the A’s outfield is so fragile Sweeney had a season-ending injury, Crisp played only 75 games spent half the season on the DL, if DeJesus gets injured too Taylor may be rushed to the majors. I wanna see him take his time and be ready when he comes up.

alxn
4 years 9 months ago

I definitely see your point but a team doesn’t have enough roster space to keep 5 or 6 OFers around just because some of them are injury prone. It is unlikely that ALL of them get injured anyways.

AsFanDFW
4 years 9 months ago

I’m trying to wrap my head around all of the A’s moves so far: Give up Rajai and Mazarro and get back two Minor League Relievers and David DeJesus.
Davis and DeJesus are a wash (especially when you consider that DD will cost 3-4M more this year) and that leaves us with Mazzaro for to MiLB RP’s. I haven’t disliked any of the A’s moves so far this year, but they don’t seam to be in our favor when you put them all together.

4 years 9 months ago

Don’t forget Edwin Encarnacion! (Despite the fact that you might want to)

jpkinney7
4 years 9 months ago

DeJesus =/= Rajai Davis… not even close.

myname_989
4 years 9 months ago

The A’s are going to have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball for several years to come.

4 years 9 months ago

Both these guys are relievers.

4 years 9 months ago

…And what do you think a reliever does?

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 9 months ago

relieve?

johnsmith4
4 years 9 months ago

himself?

4 years 9 months ago

Might’ve made sense had he said ‘starting.’

4 years 9 months ago

These were guys that AA was looking to move (offered one of them in the Uggla trade). Davis is a good option for left feild and Snider is going to move to right. Bautista becomes an everyday 3rd baseman. Now all the jays need is a first basement and a couple of good bullpen arms and they are set for 2011.

4 years 9 months ago

The Blue Jays need to catch up. The Rangers are already working on their 4th basement.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

i’ll never forget my first basement, it had a futon

johnsmith4
4 years 9 months ago

plus a left fielder.