By Joe Stiglich
Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 at 9:23 pm in Uncategorized.
A few thoughts on the Rajai Davis trade …
–The A’s are going to miss his daredevil baserunning and the spark he provided. Davis’ game is rough around the edges. On the hitting side, his strike zone can get out of whack. On the glove side, he doesn’t have the natural instincts that Coco Crisp does in center field. But Davis was instrumental in all that’s gone right for the A’s offensively the past two years (granted, not much has). And he was the main thrust behind the team’s shift to a more aggressive, base-stealing oriented attack once it was obvious there was no power to speak of.
But I believe this trade shows two things: 1) Once the A’s decided to trade an outfielder, Davis definitely was the most appealing option to other teams. Assistant GM David Forst told me that the phones started ringing with inquires about Davis as soon as the A’s traded for David DeJesus. 2) It looks like the A’s still want to give Conor Jackson an extended look to see if he’s a fit for this team. They didn’t get much of a look last year because of Jackson’s injury problems. How healthy can Jackson stay next season? That’s the question. But considering the A’s traded to get him in June, I’m not surprised to see them holding on to him. Of course, they don’t have to tender Jackson a contract until Dec. 2, the deadline to offer contracts to players who are arbitration-eligible. “There’s obviously a lot of moving pieces between now and then,” Forst said.
–As for the scouting report on Trystan Magnuson and Daniel Farquhar, the two relievers obtained for Davis: Farquhar is just 5-foot-11 but reaches 95-96 mph with his fastball, according to Forst. “He has a closer’s mentality, just outstanding stuff.”
By contrast, Magnuson stands 6-foot-7. His command is a strength, and his slider is a swing-and-miss pitch. “We got two young arms that we feel will be part of our major league bullpen sooner rather than later,” Forst said.
Time will tell. The A’s need a nice return on this one, because they gave up an important piece to their puzzle …