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More on the Rajai Davis trade

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 …

Joe Stiglich

  • Joe

    I’m not sure how important a piece of the puzzle Rajai really was. If they’d chose to not keep Coco Crisp, then sure…but for all the excitement Rajai brings he had a .320 OBP and 697 OPS. Just because he was important piece to the puzzle the last few years…well, it was a pretty bad looking puzzle so it’s pretty obvious they need some new, better important pieces. And where was he going to play anyway with DeJesus, Crisp, Sweeney & Carter around? Then if they like Jackson…there’s no playing time for him except for as a pinch runner and he’s going to be making way too much money for that now. And he’s 30 years old. Not like they are giving up on a 24-year old who might get better…Rajai is who he is at this point.

  • DALE

    Just i nice thought trade sweeney micheal tayor and a pitching prosect for Shin choo chin the indians are shopping him around. Then instead of spending the money on beltre go after Dunn or berkman and this i what the line up would be for the next few years and there would be no doubt with there pitching they make the playoffs 3 times out of the next 5 years

    1.crisp
    2.barton
    3.chin
    4.dunn/berkman
    5.encarnion
    6.kurt
    7.dejesus
    8.mark
    9.pennington

    not the rangers lineup but this will produce runs and win you a ton of games with the pitching they have

  • dnrapp

    DALE,

    I am under the impresion the he has to go back to Korea to serve his military duty in the next couple of years.. And there is not way he can get out of it

  • dale

    Dnrapp i just read that man that sucks lol i guess thats why cleveland was shopping him

  • crister

    no, he can and just did avoid military service by winning the asian games. i think chan ho park had a similar deal years back.

  • loobie

    Looks like Shin choo chin is exempt of military service as of november 19th. Go get him. he made a bit over $400,000 last year… damn why dejesus and not him?