British Columbia native Trystan Magnuson returns to his original organization after only a year with the Oakland A's. The A's acquired Magnuson last winter along with fellow relief prospect Daniel Farquhar in exchange for outfielder Rajai Davis. Farquhar is also back with the Blue Jays. The A's traded him to Toronto in exchange for left-hander David Purcey early on in the 2011 regular season.
Magnuson had a solid year as part of the A's chain, although he finished the season on the 60-day disabled list with a shoulder injury. He was removed from the A's 40-man roster earlier this week.
The 6'7'' reliever split his season between Triple-A Sacramento and the big leagues. In 30 appearances with the River Cats, he had a 2.98 ERA. He struck-out 46 and walked 19 in 45.1 innings. In 14.2 innings with the A's, he had a 6.14 ERA and an 11:5 K:BB ratio.
The A's also announced that they had come to terms with two minor league free agents, pitcher Edgar Gonzalez and infielder Wes Timmons. Both will be invited to big league spring training.
Gonzalez returns to the A's after pitching in the organization during the 2009 season. The veteran right-hander made 26 appearances for the A's in 2009, posting a 5.51 ERA in 65.1 innings. He also made seven starts for the River Cats, posting a 5.22 ERA. Last season, he pitched in the Tampa and Colorado organizations, posting a combined 5.00 ERA with an 87:41 K:BB ratio in 133.1 innings. He also made one big league appearance, allowing two runs in two innings of work. Gonzalez currently has a 5.74 ERA in 15.2 innings for Hermosillo in the Mexican Winter League.
Timmons returns for a second season in the A's organization. He split his 2011 campaign between Triple-A Sacramento and Double-A Midland. In 95 games for both clubs, he hit .341 with an 888 OPS. Before last year, Timmons had spent his entire career in the Atlanta Braves chain.