Possible Destinations: David Purcey

The Blue Jays expect to trade David Purcey within the next ten days, and while not every team has interest in adding a struggling reliever, some clubs may be intrigued by Purcey's successful 2010 season and wonder if he can repeat it.

The first ten days of the 2011 season have been disappointing for Purcey, and Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos designated him for assignment today. However, the former first rounder pitched well a year ago, posting a 3.71 ERA with 8.5 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9 in 33 appearances for the Blue Jays.

Teams like the Mariners (one), Royals (one), Astros (one) and Tigers (two, including the struggling Brad Thomas) have limited left-handed relievers at the big league level, but they aren't necessarily the clubs that could use Purcey most. The left-hander has a reverse platoon split in parts of four Major League seasons, meaning he does better against right-handers (8.4 K/9, 4.3 BB/9 vs. RHB career, 8.0 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 vs. RHB last year) than left-handers (6.9 K/9, 5.6 BB/9 vs. RHB career, 9.2 K/9, 7.1 BB/9 vs. LHB last year).

Overall, Purcey induces more fly balls (48.5%) than ground balls (31.3%), so he could be a fit in a big ballpark like Citi Field or Petco Park. Both the Mets and the Padres are carrying a single left-handed reliever at the moment and could be intrigued by Purcey (though he is not your typical left-hander).

Mets executive J.P. Ricciardi selected Purcey 16th overall in the 2004 draft when he was Toronto's GM. A lot has changed in seven years, so the hard-throwing 28-year-old may no longer appeal to Ricciardi. But Purcey carries more upside than, say, Ron Mahay, so it won't be surprising if the Mets or some other club takes a chance on him.

12 Responses to Possible Destinations: David Purcey Leave a Reply

  1. Not a LOOGY then. Don’t care, I’d take him over George Sherrill every time if I had the opportunity. 😛

  2. iorekk 4 years ago

    would the mariners really want him after getting an opportunity to witness him first hand last night

  3. Tammy Rainey 4 years ago

    Don’t forget that the Astros have his former pitching coach so they might (or might not) get a good review from Arny

    My money is on the Mets though. They can afford to try to catch lightning, and JP’s previous working relationship with AA should come into play.

    Also, consider the Nats. A lot of the jays FO people came from Washington and they would know if there was someone in the Nats’ system they had a hunch about.

  4. Karsch 4 years ago

    David Purcey gets three posts today? Must be a slow news day.

    • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

      All the good stories got rained out.

    • Lucas Kschischang 4 years ago

      In other news, David Purcey threw a strike!

      Now that’s news!

  5. pirateswillwinin2013 4 years ago

    im goin to say the Buccos will have some interest, Neal loves big dudes that throw hard, and hes a lefty??? haha Neal def has interest, alot

  6. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    Oof, that 7.1 BB/9 is scary!

  7. Yankees – with Feliciano having a setback and Ayala to the DL NYY have to choose between someone like Purcey and promoting a AAA pitcher like Noesi or Sisco.

    • Lucas Kschischang 4 years ago

      HAHA trading within a division. Good joke.

  8. mgsports 4 years ago

    He can also start.

  9. what about the cubs he can be a cleanup pitcher he has to be better than john grabaw right

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