Blue Jays On Verge Of Acquiring Rajai Davis

The Blue Jays are on the verge of acquiring outfielder Rajai Davis from the Athletics, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  Minor league reliever Trystan Magnuson is one of the players heading to Oakland in the deal, MLBTR has learned.

Davis, a 30-year-old speedster, 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 would employ Davis, but capable center fielders are a rare commodity.  Davis is arbitration eligible for the second time this winter and potentially under team control through 2013.

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 Baseball America had him 22nd among Jays prospects.


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81 Comments on "Blue Jays On Verge Of Acquiring Rajai Davis"


RiverKKiller999
4 years 9 months ago

It was only a matter of time they would get rid of there stacked outfield.

4 years 9 months ago

stacked outfield? Crowded outfield, yes. But our outfield is hardly stacked. Unless stacked mean a lot of AAAA or gimpy outfielders.

RiverKKiller999
4 years 9 months ago

Yes, What else did you think I meant?

not_brooks
4 years 9 months ago

I thought you meant that the A’s outfielders were standing on top of one another, like a stack of pancakes.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

told you, on fire

4 years 9 months ago

Nice. Who was the Jays last 50 SB man? Shannon Stewart?

4 years 9 months ago

This means Bautista is headed to 3b.

$1529282
4 years 9 months ago

Or that the Jays (rightfully so) don’t think highly of Fred Lewis and aren’t planning on tendering him a contract.

MetsEventually
4 years 9 months ago

or a new team?

not_brooks
4 years 9 months ago

The Mets, eventually.

4 years 9 months ago

..or out of Toronto, which is what I would prefer. trade Batista while his stats are up.

4 years 9 months ago

..or out of Toronto, which is what I would prefer. trade Batista while his stats are up.

bamaty1024
4 years 9 months ago

Man I wished he was headed to the 2011 East champions braves.

roberty
4 years 9 months ago

Me too. Davis would be a great fit at CF for Atlanta next year. Too bad Fred Lewis doesn’t really play center, I like the way he plays and it looks like he will be non tendered.

PJaysW
4 years 9 months ago

What do you like about it? He’s speedy when he gets going, but he’s not quick on the base paths. Travis Snider is quicker than Lewis.

His defense is poor, and after he takes a bad route on a ball hit out to left, he can only make up for it with legs that take too long to get going fast.

He doesn’t hit for much power or average and his OBP is nothing to write home about.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

One of the nicest most friendly players in Professional Baseball…Great guy. Mags has done so much for NH and I’m going to miss him a great deal! Good Luck Trystan!!!

Rajai on the other hand is a great guy and one of my favorite players in Baseball.

I love this trade!!!!!!!!!!

4 years 9 months ago

If he posts a .360 OBP and puts up 50 SB’s.. I like this trade for the Jays.

4 years 9 months ago

Plus he can offset Vernon in CF. I guess Bau is headed to 3B. Either that or Rajai is just a 4th outfielder.

AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs
4 years 9 months ago

He’s not going to give you 50 possible stolen bases as a 4th outfielder so he’d be pretty worthless. I think Bautista is moving to third.

djfanon
4 years 9 months ago

If he posts a .360 OBP and puts up 50 SB i’ll be dancing on my roof. Giving up magnuson isn’t a big deal.

csg
4 years 9 months ago

that .360OBP was a fluke. He’s all BA driven. Id set my hopes that he matches that .320OBP again and feel good about that

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 9 months ago

Well since the objective of an AB is to not create an out, who really cares how he succeeded that 36% of the time?

Hopefully the Jays don’t overpay for him, but Magnuson is a decent arm going their way – should be able to crack their bullpen out of spring training.

4 years 9 months ago

If the batting average isn’t sustainable, then you should care.

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 9 months ago

Well you can’t point out a players faults that haven’t happened yet, so I can’t care.

not_brooks
4 years 9 months ago

He’ll get at least 40 SB’s, but good luck with the .360 OBP.

John Meloche
4 years 9 months ago

I guess he could replace Wise & Lewis… seems like the type of player the Jays are missing… I like it

MetsEventually
4 years 9 months ago

What a day for a baseball…so many moves

Keith Y
4 years 9 months ago

for the people who will say that rajai davis is basically fred lewis, at least rajai davis actually shows his speed in stolen bases, lewis was hyped to be speedy but he really was not that

4 years 9 months ago

Lewis is bad. His defense in LF is actually worse than Adam Lind. And he’s an awful base-stealer.

Keith Y
4 years 9 months ago

from what i’m reading, davis’s defense is pretty solid

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

awful was an understatement, dude got the worst jumps and had terrible instincts.

ze3
4 years 9 months ago

Dang, the A’s are occupying almost all the headlines this offseason. They’re making other teams look bad

roberty
4 years 9 months ago

When GMs make moves just to keep their names in the headlines it rarely works out for their team. Stienbrenner’s Yankees (2001-2005) and Minaya’s Mets were run that way and look how they turned out. Although I wouldn’t classify the A’s moves this offseason as being in the same ballpark…they have made a lot of moves but nothing that major.

4 years 9 months ago

Dont forget jack Z last year. So many moves so little success.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

It was great seeing Magnuson dominate this season. He has a fastball from 89-92 but pinpoint location…A very good curve and a decent change…Expect him to be a fine addition to the A’s bullpen.

Hoosierdaddy92
4 years 9 months ago

it seems like the A’s and Jays recently like doing business together with all their latest trades and moves in the past couple years and especially recently.
in this offseason alone…
Michael Taylor for Brett Wallace
Edwin Encarnacion
Rajai Davis

4 years 9 months ago

Scutaro, Lilly, Lidle too

Hoosierdaddy92
4 years 9 months ago

i was thinking of those as well, and even Frank Thomas i believe was another one?

Josh Stuart
4 years 9 months ago

He was a FA after a 1yr stint in OAK

lazerball
4 years 9 months ago

EE doesn’t really qualify as doing business together since they just plucked him off the waiver wire.

coachofall
4 years 9 months ago

Rajai Davis is a nice player just not a leadoff/starting OF type player. I would hope the Blue Jays aren’t giving up anything of value for him…if so they will be disapointed very shortly. Nice guy to have on your team, very fast baserunner, just doesn’t get on consistent enough to warrant an everyday starting job.

4 years 9 months ago

In 2009 he did.

coachofall
4 years 9 months ago

He’s 30 and has one year on his baseball card that shows anything but Solid SB numbers. He’s a MLB 4th OF, who is also Arbitration elgible and due a significant raise. If Beane can get anything of value out of him in a trade that is huge

4 years 9 months ago

2 years actually. He posted a .360 OBP in 2007 too.

coachofall
4 years 9 months ago

in under 400 AB’s. Let me say it this way. Live in the television markets of both the Giants and the A’s watch him a lot. Last year was his first chance to secure a starting role from the start of the season in his career. He lost his job by seasons end and proved to be a 4th OF. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a nice guy to have on a team, just not a guy you trade anything of value to get on your team

4 years 9 months ago

I’m not saying he’s going to be anything more than a 4th OF. But let me say this, the absolute worst argument on MLBTR is: “Have you watch him play”.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

How many games have you watched him play?

lol

4 years 9 months ago

I just realize that it says “one of the players’. Let’s hope it isn’t for much more.

not_brooks
4 years 9 months ago

Billy Beane should teach a workshop on how to acquire effective relievers.

Josh Stuart
4 years 9 months ago

Hopefully this means Wells to RF, J-Bau to 3B, would be awesome if he puts up the OBP to bat 1st, but worst case scenario he’s you #9 guy.

John Meloche
4 years 9 months ago

Wells will not be moved out of CF. Not a chance

j6takish
4 years 9 months ago

Not sure what kind of an ego he has, but Wells to LF/RF?

4 years 9 months ago

I doubt very much that Wells would be okay with that. (Not his call I know but yeah). He’s going to throw a hissy fit if Farrell doesn’t bat him 4th next year.

pastlives
4 years 9 months ago

um what is this based on? when has vernon ever complained about anything?

4 years 9 months ago

Everything I’ve heard from Mike Wilner talk about Vernon Wells suggests what I just posted. You seriously think he’s going to be happy about moving to LF? Okay..

pastlives
4 years 9 months ago

i don’t know about the OF shift, but how do you come up with statements like “He’s going to throw a hissy fit if Farrell doesn’t bat him 4th next year. “? That’s just nonsense

4 years 9 months ago

Just my opinion based on what I’ve heard. If you think Vernon will be okay batting 6th and playing RF, fine. I don’t, sorry.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t think the Jays will be okay with having a RF bat 6th and get $25 million annually….

4 years 9 months ago

It shouldn’t matter where he plays or where he bats, they’re still gonna pay him a ton of money. If his best fit defensively is RF and his best fit offensively is 6th, then he should be there.

PJaysW
4 years 9 months ago

I think thats almost exactly what is bound to happen now this year. Unless they make a big splash, i really anticipate that their lineup will end up with Lind or Manny hitting third, Jose 4th, and Wells 5/6 with Snider nipping at his tail for the 5 spot.

Davis will leadoff everyday because this is exactly what AA does. He takes a guy who hasn’t been given a defined/every day roll and gives him the opportunity to thrive. He tried out Lewis for this roll last year, this year is Davis’ turn.

Wilner doesn’t insinuate that Wells wouldn’t allow a move, just that he isn’t exactly going to management and asking to be moved.

djfanon
4 years 9 months ago

So it’s based on what then, Wilner’s opinion?

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

Wilner is a complete Dbag who wakes up every morning and wishes he was running the Jays, so he makes things up and belittles peopels opinion because he thinks he has some supreme knowledge no one else has..

I really really despise him, I was so happy when he was suspended last year.

djfanon
4 years 9 months ago

This is based on…?

4 years 9 months ago

it has been stated countless times.. Wells will not move from CF for the Jays.. and there is no reason to move him, he has done an outstanding job

Josh Stuart
4 years 9 months ago

except for the part where he’s a terrible defensive outfielder: link to mopupduty.com

He was better in 2010, but he’s still among the worst CF’s playing in the bigs.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

I agree, I just don’t know if Davis is going to have an everyday spot to move Wells over. . and i doubt they’ll move him back and forth

Josh Stuart
4 years 9 months ago

fair. But this is AA acquiring a cheap, controllable-until-2014 CF’er, doesn’t sound like a depth move. Sounds like this is the guy taking a roster spot until Gose takes over in CF… but who knows, it’s early.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

define “outstanding”

4 years 9 months ago

fred lewis is gone and I hope we somehow get justin upton. I wouldn’t mind giving away travis snider.

4 years 9 months ago

I would. Even for J. Upton because it will still cost us Kyle Drabek and another prospect.

PJaysW
4 years 9 months ago

Justin Upton is awesome, but until Snider plays every day and doesn’t have to worry about sitting for a couple days here, a couple days there without reason, he’s untouchable for me.

4 years 9 months ago

yikes….hope this doesnt mean no chance at crawford! :(

4 years 9 months ago

Never was a chance anyways. Crawford doesn’t like turf and the Jays aren’t going to match the Angels/Red Sox best offer.

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

from a jays point of view there was never a chance at crawford

4 years 9 months ago

more like there was never a desire…

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

whats the difference?

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t see this anything more then a depth move, Fred Lewis wants to play every day and isnt going to get that chance, Wise is gone.. I think he’s a 4th outfielder.. Jbau remains in RF. . . I also don’t anticipate the other player being of any more significance then Magnuson.