The Toronto Blue Jays addressed a glaring need for speed in the lineup on Wednesday when they acquired outfielder Rajai Davis from the Oakland Athletics.
Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos agreed to the deal while in Florida attending major-league baseball's general managers' meetings.
In order to acquire Davis the Blue Jays had to surrender a couple of right-handed, minor-league pitching prospects in Trystan Magnuson and Danie Farquhar.
Davis, 30, has been a member of the Athletics since the 2008 season, posting a .284 average with five home runs, 52 runs batted in and 50 stolen bases in 2010.
The Norwich, Conn., native recorded a career-high .305 average in 2009 and has registered 91 stolen bases over the past two seasons.
In 476 career games, the right-handed hitter has batted .281 with 12 home runs and 143 stolen bases for Pittsburgh (2006-07), San Francisco (2007-08) & Oakland (2008-10).
Magnuson, 25, posted a 3-0 record with a 2.58 earned-run average in 46 relief appearances for the Blue Jays Double-A affiliate in New Hampshire last season. Selected 56th overall in the 2007 draft, the right-hander is 8-10 with a 3.53 ERA over three minor-league seasons.
Farquhar, 23, recorded a 4-3 record with 17 saves and a 3.52 ERA in his second season in New Hampshire (AA).
The Pembroke Pines, Fla., native was origi nally chosen by the Blue Jays in the 10th round of the 2008 draft and has posted an 8-9 record with 39 saves and a 2.62 ERA in his three minor-league seasons.
The Blue Jays also announced that right-handed pitcher Shawn Hill has cleared waivers and has become a free agent.
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