The trade of Daniel Farquhar for David Purcey is not only Billy Beane's 13th trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, it is also the second time Beane has completed a trade involving Farqhar in the past six months. Farquhar, in fact, was part of the last A's-Jays deal, completed on November 17, 2010. In that trade, the A's sent outfielder Rajai Davis to Toronto for Farquhar and right-hander Trystan Magnuson.
David Purcey joins the A's 25-man roster in the place of left-hander Dallas Braden, who landed on the disabled list with a stiff left shoulder on Monday. The A's also announced that they were moving right-hander Rich Harden from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list. Harden has been out since the first week of spring training with a lat strain.
Purcey was on the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster this season and had made five appearances with the Jays before being designated for assignment on April 12. He had two appearances against the A's on April 5 and April 7, pitching a combined 1.1 scoreless innings with three strike-outs. He hadn't allowed a run this season until his last outing versus Seattle, when he gave-up three runs in one-third of an inning.
Purcey is out of options, so the A's will need to keep him on the 25-man roster or risk losing him on the waiver wire. The southpaw was Toronto's first-round pick in 2004 out of Oklahoma. A hard thrower, Purcey was almost exclusively a starter in the minor leagues. In 134 minor league games, he has made 113 starts. He has a 4.18 ERA and 613 strike-outs against 308 walks in 629 career minor league innings.
In the major leagues, Purcey has split his time between the rotation and the bullpen. Last season, he pitched exclusively out of the bullpen and found success, posting a 3.71 ERA in 34 innings. He struck-out 32 and walked 15 in those 34 innings pitched.
Purcey comes to Oakland with a minor injury history. In 2010, he missed two weeks with strained ligaments in his right foot. In 2007, he missed time when he had surgery to remove cysts from his forearm and triceps.
Farquhar's stay with the A's was a short one. The right-hander had made four appearances with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats before the trade. Each appearance was two innings in length and Farquhar had yet to allow an earned run. He had given up seven hits and three walk in those eight innings, but he had struck-out nine and induced four groundouts for every flyout. Farquhar earned his first save of the season on Sunday in Tacoma.
Before this off-season, Farquhar had spent his entire professional career in the Blue Jays organization. He was Toronto's 10th-round pick in 2008 and had moved steadily through the Blue Jays' farm system ever since. In 2010, he spent the entire year at Double-A New Hampshire, where he had a 3.52 ERA and 17 saves in 76.2 innings.
Farquhar is an unusual pitcher in that he utilizes multiple arm angles and release points, often in the same at-bat. He can throw sidearm, at three-quarter or over-the-top. Farquhar has good velocity, but he can struggle with his command at times. He walked two and allowed six hits in 3.2 innings of big league camp this spring for Oakland and walked 42 in 76.2 innings last year. Farquhar was ranked as Scout.com's 18th-best Oakland A's prospect coming into the 2011 season.