A year ago today we traded David Purcey to the A's to get Danny Farquhar back.
Purcey made 9 relief appearances with the A's, 2.13 ERA in 12.2 innings, 9 hits, just 3 walks and the A's were able to flip him over to the Tigers for Scott Sizemore. Sizemore was a pretty good pickup the for A's. Purcey, well, he wasn't so great for the Tigers, 19 relief appearances, 7.23 ERA, 20 walks. In the off-season he signed with the Phillies and is pitching for their Triple-A team. He'll be 30 next week, so he's running out of time to put it all together.
Farquhar was a September call up, for us last year. He got into 3 games. He's back in New Hampshire now, I'm not sure why not Vegas. He's thrown 7 innings, 2 hits, 3 walks, 9 k, 1 earned. Pretty good. Sometimes I'm sad that we added all those relievers, because I'd like to see what he, Joel Carreno, Chad Beck and a couple of other guys would have done this year. Now it is looking like his best chance, at least this year, might be a September call up again. But then, good proven relievers are a good thing.
Anyway, April 18th isn't a big day in Blue Jay history. Back in 2009, Michael Barrett slipped, chasing a wild pitch, on some stuff left around the on deck circle, tore a muscle in his shoulder and we never saw him again. I liked him a lot and was looking forward to seeing what he could do as a Jay, it really is too bad it happened.