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Deal gives A's pair of relievers with promise

Deal gives A's pair of relievers with promise

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While the Blue Jays got outfielder Rajai Davis from the A's, Oakland got a pair of relievers in Trystan Magnuson and Daniel Farquhar. Here's some more information on the right-handers:

Magnuson was taken in the supplemental first round (No. 56 overall) in the 2007 First-Year Draft. The 6-foot-7 University of Louisville product spent his first season of pro ball, in 2008, as a starter but has relieved the past two years (he worked exclusively out of the bullpen in college). In 145 innings during that span, Magnuson posted a 2.48 ERA, allowing 130 hits and 38 walks while striking out 115.

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Magnuson played in the 2010 Futures Game for the World Team. He gave up a run on two hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning. He also was an Eastern League All-Star, retiring the two batters he faced in that game.

The 25-year-old right-hander will throw four pitches at times, highlighted by an above-average fastball that comes in at 89-92 mph. He's got slightly below-average command of the pitch, but it does have average life. He also throws an average cutter, 88-89 mph, which could serve as an out pitch in the future for him. He throws a slider (82-83 mph) and a changeup (83-86 mph), but both are graded out as below-average offerings. As a 2007 college selection, the A's will have to put Magnuson on their 40-man roster or leave him unprotected for December's Rule 5 Draft.

Farquhar was taken by the Blue Jays in the 10th round of the 2008 Draft out of Louisiana Lafayette. The 23-year-old Florida native has pitched only in relief as a pro, posting a 2.62 ERA over his three seasons in the Jays' system.

In 2010, the 5-foot-11 right-hander saved 17 games for Double-A New Hampshire, a year after saving 15 for the Fisher Cats. He struck out 79 in 76 2/3 innings and held hitters to a .189 batting average. He has 39 saves in his career. Farquhar spent the fall in the Arizona Fall League, posting a 4.50 ERA over 10 innings for the championship-bound Peoria Javelinas. He's allowed just eight hits and struck out 12.

Farquhar is a two-pitch reliever, featuring an above-average fastball that he throws 91-93 mph. He's had some trouble with command (4.78 walks per nine innings), and it doesn't have a ton of life. He also has a fringy-average curve that is a little slurvy when it comes to the plate.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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